The Reds have played the Sharks 15 times since 1998 and the Queenslanders have won 8 of those matches and the Natalians 7.
The last three matches between the Reds and the Sharks were all won by the Sharks including last year's elimination play off final in Brisbane.
Out of the last 7 Super Rugby matches between the Reds and the Sharks the Reds have won one.
Overall as the Reds have won 8 out 15 matches between the teams they have won 53% of their matches.
The average score when the Reds play the Sharks across all venues is Reds 23 Sharks 25.
While the Sharks have enjoyed great success against the Reds since 2006 between 1999 and 2005 the Reds went unbeaten by the Sharks through 7 matches.
The Reds have played the Sharks in Brisbane 7 times since 1999 and they have won five matches and lost twice.
That translates to the Reds winning 71% of their home matches against the Sharks.
The average score when the Reds play the Sharks in Brisbane is Reds 25 Sharks 26
Week after week the Sharks have been hammered by injuries and although they have Willem Alberts back from injury they have lost too many players.
The Sharks have lost their last four matches and last week they became the first team to lose to the Highlanders.
The Reds have lost James Horwill for this week but they still have Will Genia, Quade Cooper, and Digby Ioane amongst others.
While the Reds have struggled a little against the Sharks in recent times the Sharks are not as strong currently as they have been.
The Reds will also be keen for some payback as the Sharks ended their season last year.
The Bookies have given the Sharks an 8 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. Injuries and the Reds home advantage should count too much against the Sharks. The Reds should win by 6.
This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 1/HD.
Average score: Reds 23 Sharks 25
Last five results
21 Jul 2012 (Play off) Reds v Sharks 17-30 Brisbane
7 Mar 2012 Reds v Sharks 22-27 Durban
03 Apr 2010 Reds v Sharks 28-30 Durban
14 Mar 2009 Reds v Sharks 25-13 Brisbane
29 Mar 2008 Reds v Sharks 10-22 Durban
Reds overall record against the Sharks
Played 15 ,Wins 8, Losses 7, Draws 0
Match No.77.: Reds v Sharks
Date : Friday 10 May
Venue : Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick Off local: 19:40
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1:Rohan Hoffmann
Assistant Ref 2:Graham Cooper
TMO : Steve Leszczynski
1. Greg Holmes,2. Saia Faingaa,3. James Slipper,4. Rob Simmons,5. Ed O'Donoghue,6. Eddie Quirk,7. Liam Gill ,8. Jake Schatz,9. Will Genia (c),10. Quade Cooper,11. Digby Ioane,12. Anthony Faingaa,13. Chris Feauai-Sautia,14. Rod Davies,15. Jono Lance
Replacements : 16. James Hanson, 17. Albert Anae, 18. Adam Wallace-Harrison, 19. Jarrad Butler, 20. Beau Robinson, 21. Ben Lucas, 22. Ben Tapuai
1. JC Janse van Rensburg , 2. Kyle Cooper , 3. Wiehahn Herbst , 4. Pieter-Steph du Toit , 5. Franco van der Merwe , 6. Marcell Coetzee , 7. Jean Deysel , 8. Keegan Daniel (Capt) , 9. Charl McLeod , 10. Patrick Lambie , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 12. Meyer Bosman , 13. JP Pietersen , 14. Piet Lindeque , 15. Riaan Viljoen
Replacements , 16. Monde Hadebe , 17. Jannie du Plessis , 18. Anton Bresler , 19. Derick Minnie , 20. Willem Alberts , 21. Tian Meyer , 22. Odwa Ndungane