This match will be the Lions first match this Super Rugby season out of South Africa and worryingly they are already on a seven match losing streak.
What makes matters worse for the Lions this week is that they are away to the leading Super Rugby team who have so far only lost one match and are on an eight match winning streak.
The last three matches between the Chiefs and the Lions have been won by the Chiefs and two of those were in Johannesburg. One of them was the 72-65 clash in 2010 during which both teams scored 9 tries.
The Chiefs and the Lions have played each other 14 times and the Chiefs have won 10 times.
The average score when the Chiefs play the Lions is Chiefs 33 Lions 29. However in New Zealand when the Chiefs are playing at home the Chiefs on average score 37 points and the Lions score 20 points.
The teams have played each other 6 times in New Zealand and the Chiefs have won all six matches. A win for the Lions this weekend would be their first ever victory over the Chiefs in New Zealand.
The Lions lost to the Brumbies last weekend while the Chiefs beat conference rivals the Hurricanes.
Both teams have made changes to their line ups and nearly all the changes in both teams are in the forwards.
The Lions have made the dreaded West to East journey which players say is the more difficult so they can be expected to fade towards the end.
Only the Blues are lower than the Lions in Super Rugby currently while the Chiefs lead the field so judging on form and history the only winner here can be the Chiefs.
The Bookies have given the Lions a 19 point start for this match - with an offer of Bet 5 and Get 50 in Bets. The Bookies have given. The Chiefs should win this one comfortably by 21 points or so.
This match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on the Sky Sports 1/HD channel.
Average score:Chiefs 33 Lions 29
Last five results
23 Apr 2011 Chiefs v Lions 34-30 Johannesburg
19 Feb 2010 Chiefs v Lions 72-65 Johannesburg
04 Apr 2009 Chiefs v Lions 36-29 Hamilton
10 May 2008 Chiefs v Lions 27-33 Johannesburg
16 Mar 2007 Chiefs v Lions 34-7 Hamilton
Chiefs overall record against the Lions
Played 14 , Wins 10 , Losses 4 , Draws 0
Match No 69:Chiefs v Lions
Date Saturday 5 May
Venue : Hamilton
Kick Off : 19:35 NZT, 17:35 AEST, 09:35 SAST
Referee: Ian Smith
Assistant Ref 1:Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 2:Grant Stuart
15 Andries Coetzee , 14 Deon Van Rensburg , 13 Jaco Taute , 12 Alwyn Hollenbach , 11 Lionel Mapoe , 10 Elton Jantjies , 9 Ross Cronje , 8 Joshua Strauss (c) , 7 Grant Hattingh , 6 Derick Minnie , 5 Ruan Botha , 4 Franco Van der Merwe , 3 Patric Cilliers , 2 Callie Visagie , 1 Caylib Oosthuizen / JC Janse van Rensburg
Reserves:16 Martin Bezuidenhout , 17 CJ Van der Linde , 18 Cobus Grobbelaar , 19 Jaco Kriel , 20 Tian Meyer , 21 James Kamana , 22 Michael Killian
1. Toby Smith, 2. Hika Elliot, 3. Ben Tameifuna, 4. Craig Clarke (c), 5. Michael Fitzgerald, 6. Tanerau Latimer, 7. Sam Cane, 8. Kane Thompson, 9. Brendon Leonard, 10. Aaron Cruden, 11. Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 12. Sonny Bill Williams, 13. Richard Kahui, 14. Lelia Masaga, 15. Andrew Horrell
Replacements: 16. Mahonri Schwalger, 17. Arizona Taumalolo, 18. Alex Bradley, 19. Scott Waldrom, 20. Tawera Kerr- Barlow, 21. Jackson Willison, 22. Maritino Nemani