This weekend’s predictions!

Date published: July 24 2015

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It's that time of the week when we put our heads on the chopping block to bring you Planet Rugby's predictions.

Two key games are on our mind this weekend but once again they're set to be pulsating showdowns in the southern hemisphere.

Revenge will be in the air for New Zealand when they jog out onto the Ellis Park turf on Saturday after going down 27-25 at the venue last year. That result did not affect the Rugby Championship trophy's destination though as the All Blacks had already secured the title the round before.

If the All Blacks win in Johannesburg it will not wrap up another piece of silverware though as Australia could then win in Argentina to set up a winner-take-all spectacle in Sydney between the duo on August 8. The Springboks meanwhile would host the Pumas in what would be a dead rubber.

Those are the what-ifs. Now it's time to check out Paddy Power's healthy selection of rugby bets where our tipster will pick out his choices for the weekend.

Rugby Championship

South Africa v New Zealand

The All Blacks are slight favourites with the bookies at 4/7 while the Boks are 13/10. If you want the handicap either side that's at 3 points.

Could South Africa suffer the same heartache they felt in Brisbane last week? The Springboks to be leading half-time but Kiwis to win is at 6s.

We don't see either team running away with things at Ellis Park and the New Zealand to win by 1-5 points (10/3) is rightly the shortest price

Their will be tries though and we like the in-form Bismarck du Plessis to cross anytime, which is priced up at a tasty 7/1. That is excellent. Meanwhile, the All Blacks best bets to cross look like their wide options such as wing Ben Smith at 9/4. He's 10/1 to score two or more tries.

Argentina v Australia

Australia have a huge opportunity to set up that Rugby Championship decider if they beat the Pumas in Mendoza in the later match this weekend. The showdown in Sydney is not reliant on the All Blacks beating the Springboks though as currently New Zealand are a point ahead of Australia. And throw in the possibility of the Boks overcoming New Zealand then it would then be a three-horse sprint for glory in the third and final round.

On to the game itself at Estadio Malvinas where the Pumas have a 5-point head-start with Paddy Power on the handicap. We are leaving that one alone and instead going for the Wallabies to win by 1-12 points which is 13/8. Australia to prevail by 1-10 points goes up to a price of 15/8.

Remember that Argentina won this fixture last year at the same venue by 4 points so if you fancy a repeat, that exact win margin is up at 25/1.

We're siding more towards backing the try scorers though in Mendoza and Israel Folau to score anytime (11/8) tempts us, as does Will Skelton (17/2). On the Pumas side we advise picking one of their dangerous wingers, Gonzalo Camacho and Juan Imhoff (both 6/1), to score first for them.

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