This weekend’s predictions!

Date published: November 13 2015

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

There's plenty of excitement in the northern hemisphere as the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup kicks off and those tournaments dominate our thinking on the betting front this week.

The Champions Cup has plenty of mouth-watering clashes with Leicester Tigers and Stade Français kicking things off on Friday before the action continues on Saturday with five pool games and a further four on Sunday.

Paddy Power has prices up for all those matches so without further ado, let's pick out the standout bets in rugby union over the next few days. Good luck to everyone!

European Champions Cup

Leicester Tigers v Stade Français

These two European heavyweights head into this showdown after contrasting results in their respective domestic competitions.

Leicester suffered their first defeat of the Premiership season when they were beaten 19-6 by Exeter Chiefs and Stade Français claimed a 14-9 win over Top 14 table-toppers Clermont.

That means the Paris-based club will fancy their chances away from home and the possibility of them leading at the break by between one and seven points looks wise at 7/2.

The Tigers though are also worth a bet at 3/1 to win by between one and seven points and Peter Betham's not a bad shout at 10/1 to score the first try.

Oyonnax v Ulster

With Oyonnax having parted company with head coach Olivier Azam over the past 24 hours, surely it's worth getting on Ulster to beat the 5-point handicap? While they squeezed past the Dragons last weekend, we expect them to go up a level in Europe and kick off their Champions Cup pool campaign with a confident performance. Elsewhere, Ulster just to win is a decent price at 4/9.

Racing 92 v Glasgow

The handicap for Glasgow has decreased over the past week and rightly so as they enter this European pool full of confidence, especially after winning the PRO12 last season. They are currently plus 8 points at 10/11 and we still we that's worth backing.

Glasgow to cause a shock and win by 1-5 points is a tasty 7/1 or if you think they'll go close and lose, Racing are 9/2 on that. We think the Warriors have what it takes to start with a bang though and also like the half-time, full-time option which is 5/1.

Saracens v Toulouse

What a pool game we have in store at Allianz Park on Saturday where Saracens are 4/11 favourite while Toulouse sit at 12/5. Saracens should win this one as we think they have the edge up front in terms of pace and dynamism on an artificial surface. They are 6/4 to win by 1-12 points but we're going to take a gamble here and go for the hosts by 11-20 points which is 3/1.

Northampton v Scarlets

The Saints face a side who should not be written off. Scarlets have impressed so far in the PRO12 and with wing DTH van der Merwe back in the XV, they're plus 12 on the handicap or you could back them to stun Franklin's Gardens by 1-5 points at 9/1.

Northampton and Scarlets are without their first-choice hookers as both Dylan Hartley and Ken Owens miss out but we like the look of flanker James Davies (6/1) to cross anytime. Meanwhile George North is 13/2 for the first try against his former team.

Toulon v Bath

Toulon have been impressive on their home patch of late and we can see them continuing that trend against Bath on Sunday. The reigning champions should beat the 14 point handicap and in the game itself we think getting on plenty of tries is wise.

Steffon Armitage has been in excellent try-scoring form and he is 12/1 for the first try or you can back him anytime at 12/5. We're also tempted by the devastating Joshua Tuisova, who is 13/8 to cross while Samu Manoa is a good price at 15/2.

Challenge Cup

Edinburgh v Grenoble

Grenoble travel to Murrayfield and after naming a weakened side it's hard to see anything but an Edinburgh win. They are 1/12.

The handicap is set at 17 points and the Scots will fancy their chances of beating that as they go in hunt of a try bonus-point. However, to take down the win price of 1/12 we think getting on Edinburgh for the half-time, full-time at 1/4 is a wise option.

Brive v Newcastle Falcons

Brive are brimming with confidence after beating Bordeaux Bègles at home last weekend – a result which took them into fifth.

They face a Falcons side that are languishing at the bottom of the Premiership table with zero points after four games played.

With the French side playing at home against a second-string Newcastle line-up we think it's worth a flutter for them to secure a win by between 21 and 25 points which isn't a bad shout at 10/1. If you want to play safe then minus 8 on the handicap is there.

Other Challenge Cup predictions:

Enisei-STM v Connacht: Connacht by 40
Pau v Castres: Castres by 3
Dragons v Sale: Dragons by 5
Calvisano v Cardiff Blues: Cardiff Blues by 50
Worcester v La Rochelle: Worcester by 3
Gloucester v Zebre: Gloucester by 15
London Irish v Agen: London Irish by 20