2023 HSBC World Sevens Series Hong Kong Betting Preview and Predictions (March 31 – April 2)
With only four events left in the 2022-23 season, New Zealand will be looking to secure a victory here and extend their imposing lead over the rest of the pack. We break down all of the Hong Kong 2023 Rugby Sevens odds and offer up our expert picks ahead of day one this Friday.
2023 HSBC World Sevens Series Hong Kong: Event Details
After taking the past four weeks off, the 2023 HSBC World Sevens Series returns this weekend with one of its most anticipated events. Over the next three days, the city of Hong Kong will light up with fans looking to support their favorite Sevens team.
New Zealand will have plenty of competition this week, however, as Argentina head into Hong Kong having the best season of their history so far. Fresh off winning the Vancouver Sevens, the Pumas will fancy back-to-back wins that would put them right in the mix for a historic series win. Fiji, on the other hand, are having one of their worst seasons but will be looking to turn that around at the event they have traditionally dominated.
|Event:||2023 HSBC World Sevens Series in Hong Kong|
|Format:||16 teams compete in four pools, followed by knockout games|
|Venue:||Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong|
|Date:||Friday 31 March to Sunday 2 April 2023|
Hong Kong 2023 Rugby Sevens Odds
Think you know how this weekend is going to pan out already? Then head straight over to these Hong Kong betting sites and place a wager with the following outright winner odds:
- New Zealand to win @ 2.87 (15/8)
- Fiji to win @ 4.33 (10/3)
- Argentina to win @ 6.00 (5/1)
- South Africa to win @ 7.50 (13/2)
- Australia to win @ 7.50 (13/2)
Yet again, New Zealand lead the pack in the betting odds, coming in at 2.87 (15/8). Despite having not managed a tournament win after seven events this season, Fiji are the second favorites behind the Kiwis, with odds of 4.33 (10/3). Last event’s winners, Argentina, are the third favorites in Hong Kong, with odds of 6.00 (5/1), before South Africa and Australia round out the top five at the bookies in Hong Kong, both sitting on 7.50 (13/2).
Understanding the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens 2023
The Hong Kong Sevens is one of the largest sporting events hosted by Hong Kong, and as such is a real spectacle. Fans come to the party dressed up and ready for action – and they have a proud history of it, too, with the Hong Kong Sevens going down regularly since 1976. Given the event’s placement in the calendar as well, it’s often a tense event, with seasons being defined at this point.
Here’s a look at the past five results:
- 2016 – Fiji beat New Zealand
- 2017 – Fiji beat South Africa
- 2018 – Fiji beat Kenya
- 2019 – Fiji beat France
- 2022 – Australia beat Fiji
Traditionally, Fiji have dominated in Hong Kong, winning seven of the past nine events and making the last five finals consecutively. Can the Flying Fijians turn around their embattled season and rekindle their winning ways in the fortress of Hong Kong? Let’s take a look, with our 2023 Hong Kong Sevens predictions.
Rugby 7s Hong Kong 2023 Predictions
We’ve scoured all the best rugby sportsbooks and brought you what we can confidently say are the best bets any punter could make on the Hong Kong Sevens this weekend. Here are our top 2023 rugby 7s Hong Kong betting tips:
New Zealand to Win Outright @ 2.87 (15/8)
They’re well and truly back. After a few rocky (albeit, Covid-impacted) seasons of Sevens, the All Black Sevens side have found their winning ways yet again. Leading the 2023 HSBC World Sevens Series with 120 points, New Zealand are by far the hottest team this season. Having won in Hong Kong 12 times and made four of the last five finals in this season’s tournaments, it’s hard to see New Zealand not making a deep run this weekend.
The Kiwis will be motivated to take home a record-extending 14th HSBC World Sevens Series victory and won’t want to leave it to the last event. Win in Hong Kong, and they’ll put a gap between them and the rest of the pack that will be tough to close with only three more events to go. Back New Zealand to win at 2.87 (15/8), in what feels like the most likely outcome.
Fiji to Win Outright @ 4.33 (10/3)
However, if New Zealand don’t go on to win this weekend, we say it will be Fiji who take home the mustard. We’ve said it before and will say it again – SURELY, they can’t keep losing. This Fijian team is simply too good to go a whole season without picking up a title. With two third-place finishes in their past three tournaments and a whole wealth of success in Hong Kong in the past, this is the Fijian’s moment to excel.
Win here, and suddenly, they’ll be in the mix for the series win this year, courtesy of their consistent close finishes in 2022-23. With odds of 4.33 (10/3), it’s tough to resist putting a bet on the Fijians to finally make their breakthrough this season in Hong Kong.
USA to Win Pool C @ 4.50 (7/2)
Team USA started off this season with a hiss and a roar, winning their pool for the first three tournaments they played. Since then, they’ve simmered down slightly but are well-placed to yet again win their pool this weekend. They played well in Canada earlier this month, placing second in their pool after defeating Samoa, then going on to beat Fiji in the 5-8 semifinal.
Alongside them in Pool C are Spain, Japan, and Australia. Spain and Japan are sides that the USA should put away. While Australia are ranked higher than them, they have been playing some inconsistent rugby recently, particularly in pool play. Just four weeks ago, the Aussies were beaten 29-12 by Canada in pool play – if the USA can pull off a similar feat, they’ll place at the top of Pool C and deliver a healthy return to any punters that took this bet.
Best Rugby 7s Hong Kong Predictions for 2023
- New Zealand to Win Outright @ 2.87 (15/8)
- USA to Win Pool C @ 4.50 (7/2)
The 2023 HSBC World Sevens Series is nearing the season’s pointy end, with New Zealand looking to sprint to the finish in Hong Kong. We know that the fans will be out in full force this weekend, and they should have plenty of entertainment as the likes of Fiji and Argentina look to stop New Zealand’s attempt at extending their lead. Chances are the Kiwis will come away victorious, but don’t sleep on the USA doing some winning across the first two days as well.