The Bulls have a crucial advantage over every team in Super Rugby in that they get to play last and they know exactly to the point what they have to do to qualify for the play offs.
The Bulls could find that they have the luxury of knowing whether or not they will need a bonus point in order to set themselves up a favourable match next week.
The Bulls also have the advantage that they are playing at home against the team that is placed last in Super Rugby currently.
It could however be a spectacular fall from grace if the Lions play the Bulls with the same determination they showed against the Sharks before the break.
The Bulls have played the Lions 16 times since 1998 and the Bulls have won 11 times and lost 5 times. There have been no draws. The Bulls have therefore won 69% of their matches against the Lions.
What the above stat does not show is that the Lions lost every match they played against the Bulls in the Super 14 as the Lions have not beaten the Bulls since 2005.
This weekend the match will be played at Loftus where the Lions won the first three matches against the Bulls out of 8 but have lost the last five straight matches. The last time the Lions won at Loftus was in 2002 and the Bulls have won 63% of their matches against the Lions in Pretoria.
On average when the Bulls play the Lions they score 38 points and the Lions score 28 points.
Last year the Bulls missed on the play offs as they lost to the Sharks at Loftus. This year they have much softer opposition and are in a similar position to the one they were in at the end of the 2007 Super 14 when they hammered the Reds.
They will have an idea of how they want to play against next week and they will know exactly how to set that up. They will do whatever it takes.
The Bookies have given the Lions an 18 point start for this match - with an offer of Bet 5 and Get 50 in Bets. Few fans will be backing the Lions to win this match. We expect the Bulls to do whatever they need to to get the most favourable draw. The Bulls should win this with a bonus point by at least 10 points - more if they need more.
This match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 4/HD.
Average score: 31-25
Last five results
14 Apr 2012 Bulls v Lions 32-18 Johannesburg
26 Mar 2011 Bulls v Lions 30-23 Pretoria
19 Feb 2011 Bulls v Lions 24-20 Johannesburg
24 Apr 2010 Bulls v Lions 51-11 Pretoria
28 Feb 2009 Bulls v Lions 16-9 Johannesburg
Bulls overall record against the Lions
Played 16 , Wins 11 , Losses 5 , Draws 0
Match No.:120 : Bulls v Lions
Date Saturday 14 July
Venue : Pretoria
Kick Off local: 19:10
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant Ref 1: Lesego Legoete
Assistant Ref 2:Stefan Breytenbach
TMO : JC Fortuin
Zane Kirchner , Akona Ndungane , JJ Engelbrecht , Wynand Olivier , Bjorn Basson, Morne Steyn, Francois Hougaard , Pierre Spies (c), Dewald Potgieter ,Jacques Potgieter, Juandre Kruger , Wilhelm Steenkamp , Werner Kruger , Chiliboy Ralepelle , Dean Greyling
Replacements: Willie Wepener, Frik Kirsten , Deon Stegmann , CJ Stander , Jano Vermaak , Louis Fouche , Francois Venter.
15 James Kamana, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Butch James, 11 LAnthonie Volmink, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Joshua Strauss (c), 7 Grant Hattingh, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Ruan Botha , 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse , 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Loose Head Prop JC Janse van Rensburg
Replacements : 16 .Martin Bezuidenhout, 17. Ruan Dreyer, 18 . Etienne Oosthuizen, 19 .Jaco Kriel, 20 . Ross Cronje, 21. JR Esterhuizen, 22 . Ruan Combrinck