The HSBC Sevens Series continues this weekend, with France playing host to the penultimate event on the men’s calendar. It already appears that New Zealand will be difficult to catch at the top of the standings, and they will be looking for a fifth victory in six events this weekend. But, which sides could enjoy a fine weekend as the battle for a top four finish, and subsequently a place in the Summer Olympics, heats up.
Latest HSBC Sevens Toulouse Odds
The betting for the outright winner of the HSBC Sevens is already open at BetXchange. There are few surprises that New Zealand are the clear favorites to take victory this weekend, and they are available at as short as 17/10. Fiji could be their biggest dangers according to the betting, as the former Olympic champions are a 33/10 chance.
Meanwhile, Argentina has been an emerging nation in the event this year, and they are available at 5/1. France will have home advantage on their side, and they are a 7/1 chance to claim victory this weekend. Australia, Samoa, and South Africa round off the top selections in the betting for the event this weekend in Toulouse.
Latest HSBC Sevens Standings
The HSBC Sevens Series is drawing to a gripping conclusion with just two events left to play, including the competition in Toulouse this weekend. The top four nations at the end of the competition will earn their spot at the Olympic Games in France, which means that there will be vital battles for important points finishes at the competition this weekend.
New Zealand look incredibly challenging to topple at the top of the standings, as the All Blacks sit 24 points clear. They have won four of the previous five events, and they have finished outside the top three in just two events this season. New Zealand has claimed victory in each of the previous two events, including a top-place finish in Singapore a few weeks ago.
Argentina has been the surprise package in the competition this term, as they have landed victories in two of the events. Their standout success came in Canada, as they beat New Zealand in the match for top spot. However, that form has been reversed in both Los Angeles and Singapore, with Argentina falling in the final against the All Blacks.
Fiji has long been a standout nation in the Sevens competition, and they hold a strong position in their hunt for a return to the Olympic Games. They sit third at present, but their advantage over fifth-placed Australia is just 18 points.
This weekend’s hosts sit fourth, and they hold a ten-point advantage in the race for the top four. Australia, Samoa, and South Africa all hold leading chances this weekend after previously claiming victories this season.
HSBC Sevens Toulouse Prediction
This should be a thrilling penultimate event of the HSBC Sevens Series. New Zealand are short enough in the betting for us to overlook. Argentina would be our selection, as they have already shown in the competition this term that they have what it takes to claim victory.