The Reds and the Highlanders have not played each other in Super Rugby since the 2010 Super 14 as they missed each other in the draw last year.
The last six matches between the Reds and the Highlanders have all been won by the team that was playing at home so they have been alternating victories since 2005.
The Reds and the Highlanders have played each other 15 times overall and the Reds have won six times and lost 9 times. There have been no draws.
With the Reds only winning 6 out of 15 matches they have a relatively poor record against the Highlanders as they have only won 40 % of their matches overall.
On average when the Reds play the Highlanders the Reds score 22 points and the Highlanders score 30 points.
This weekend the match will be played in Brisbane where the two teams have played each other 7 times. In those 7 matches the Reds have won 5 and lost two.
The Highlanders first won in 1999 and have lost on their last two visits to Queensland with their last victory coming seven years ago in 2005.
This means that the Reds have won 71% of their home matches against the Highlanders. On average when the teams play in Brisbane the Reds score 28 points and the Highlanders score 23 points.
The Reds are currently in seventh place on 49 points and still have everything to play for and could finish the season in second place - if results go their way. The Highlanders are just four points behind but have already been ruled out of contention for the play offs.
The Bookies have given the Highlanders a 10 point start for this match - with an offer of Bet 5 and Get 50 in Bets. The Reds have said this week that they will not be happy unless they retain their title and have stated that they are the hungriest team in Super Rugby. We think the Bookies have gone a little strong here on the odds and we expect a closer match. The Reds should win by 5.
This match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 4/ HD.
Average score: Reds 22 Highlanders 30
Last five results
15 May 2010 Reds v Highlanders 38-36 Brisbane
11 Apr 2009 Reds v Highlanders 19-24 Invercargill
15 Feb 2008 Reds v Highlanders 22-16 Brisbane
09 Mar 2007 Reds v Highlanders 17-33 Dunedin
12 May 2006 Reds v Highlanders 22-16 Townsville
Reds overall record against the Highlanders
Played 15 , Wins 6 , Losses 9 , Draws 0
Match No.108 :Reds v Highlanders
Date Friday 6 July
Venue : Brisbane
Kick Off local: 19:40 local, 9:40 GMT, 21:40 NZT, 19:40 NSW/ACT, 11:40 SAT
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan
Assistant Ref 1:Ian Smith
Assistant Ref 2:James Leckie
TMO : Steve Lesczcynski
1. Greg Holmes,2. Saia Faingaa,3. James Slipper,4. Rob Simmons,5. Adam Wallace-Harrison (vc),6. Jake Schatz,7. Beau Robinson,8. Scott Higginbotham,9. Will Genia,10. Quade Cooper,11. Chris F'Sautia,12. Mike Harris,13. Anthony Faingaa,14. Dom Shipperley,15. Luke Morahan
Replacements : 16. James Hanson,17. Ben Daley,18. Radike Samo,19. Jarrad Butler,20. Ben Lucas,21. Ben Tapuai,22. Nick Frisby
15. Ben Smith, 14. Kade Poki, 13. Siali Piutau, 12. Phil Burleigh, 11. Hosea Gear, 10. Mike Delany, 9. Jimmy Cowan, 8. Nasi Manu, 7. James Haskell, 6. Adam Thomson, 5. Nick Crosswell, 4. Josh Bekhuis, 3. Ma'afu Fia, 2. Andrew Hore, 1. Jamie Mackintosh (c).
Reserves: 16. Jason Rutledge, 17. Chris King, 18. Jarrad Hoeata, 19. Tim Boys, 20. Aaron Smith, 21. Chris Noakes, 22. Kenny Lynn.