The Bulls and the Highlanders have won two Super Rugby matches each in the last four matches between the teams.
The Highlanders won the last match between the teams and that result in Pretoria last year ended a long unbeaten streak at home for the Bulls.
On average when the Highlanders play the Bulls the score is Highlanders 32 Bulls 24.
Overall the Highlanders have played the Bulls 14 times and the Highlanders have won 9 and lost just four times leaving one draw.
That translates the Highlanders winning 64% of their matches against the Bulls.
The Highlanders have played the Bulls at home (they have played the Bulls in Dunedin, Palmerston North and Invercargill) 6 times and they have won five times and lost just once.
The Highlanders record against the Bulls at home translates to them winning 83% of their matches.
The Bulls form has been slipping in recent weeks largely to their defence being a little shaky.
However while some of their victories have been less than convincing they have worked their way to the top of the Super Rugby standings as they have managed to keep on winning.
While the Bulls beat the Waratahs 24-27 last week and the Rebels 35-41 the week before the Highlanders have been struggling to find their past form.
The Highlanders last victory was in Round 10 when they beat the Cheetahs 33-36. Since then they have suffered back to back losses against the Sharks in Durban and the Hurricanes in Dunedin last week.
The Highlanders will be desperate to turn last week's home loss around and stay in touch with the pack in the New Zealand conference.
The Bookies have given the Bulls a 1 point start for this match - with an offer of Bet 5 and Get 50 in Bets. We think the Bookies have this one spot on. Highlanders to sneak it by 1.
This match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on the Sky Sports HD4 Channel.
Average score: Highlanders 32 Bulls 24
Last five results
05 Mar 2011 Highlanders v Bulls 35-28 Pretoria
13 Mar 2010 Highlanders v Bulls 35-50 Pretoria
28 Mar 2009 Highlanders v Bulls 36-12 Palmerston North
19 Apr 2008 Highlanders v Bulls 17-47 Pretoria
24 Mar 2007 Highlanders v Bulls 13-22 Dunedin
Highlanders overall record against the Bulls
Played 14, Wins 9, Losses 4 , Draws 1
Match No.82.:Highlanders v Bulls
Date Saturday 19 May
Venue : Dunedin
Kick Off local: 17:30
Referee: Ian Smith
Assistant Ref 1:Garratt Williamson
Assistant Ref 2:Kane McBride
TMO : Matthew Muir
Zane Kirchner Akona Ndungane , Johann Sadie, Wynand Olivier , Bjorn Basson , Morne Steyn , Francois Hougaard , Pierre Spies (c), CJ Stander, Dewald Potgieter , Juandre Kruger , Flip van der Merwe , Werner Kruger , Chiliboy Ralepelle , Dean Greyling .
Replacements: Willie Wepener, Rayno Gerber, Wilhelm Steenkamp , Arno Botha , Jano Vermaak , Louis Fouche , JJ Engelbrecht.
1 Jamie Mackintosh (c) 2 Jason Rutledge 3 Ma'afu Fia 4 Jarrad Hoeata 5 Nick Crosswell 6 Adam Thomson 7 Tim Boys 8 Nasi Manu 9 Aaron Smith 10 Mike Delany 11 Hosea Gear 12 Phil Burleigh 13 Tamati Ellison 14 Siale Piutau 15 Ben Smith
Reserves 16 Andrew Hore 17 Bronson Murray 18 Hoani MacDonald/Josh Bekhuis 19 Scott Fuglistaller 20 Jimmy Cowan 21 Chris Noakes 22 Kenny Lynn