This weekend’s predictions

Date published: November 21 2015

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

Ding ding, Round Two. We hope you had a great week on the betting front and with big games in Europe dominating the rugby calendar it is once again time to search through Paddy Power's healthy selection of rugby odds to see if we can pick out several winners before pay day.

Champions Cup

Ulster v Saracens

It's a tasty game to kick off the Champions Cup weekend as a fresh Ulster face a Saracens line-up that was outstanding against Toulouse. Saracens are slight underdogs with the bookmakers but we would not be surprised if they caught Ulster cold at Ravenhill and won (Evens).

You could also opt for Saracens by 1-10 points which is 23/10 in what promises to be an entertaining European spectacle under the lights.

On the points front we like Saracens to beat the 16.5 line at 4/5 while tries wise Chris Wyles looks a good bet to score anytime at 16/5.

Bath v Leinster

Many were shocked by Leinster's defeat to Wasps last week but maybe they had not been watching the Irish province in the early season. It has not been the best start in terms of performances and the midfield and wings – missing some key players – is struggling for cohesion.

We expect Bath to compound Leinster's woes on Saturday and the minus 6 handicap should be beaten but to be safe we'll do a 1-12 point win.

Bath should prove too hot to handle at the Recreation Ground and with Sean O'Brien set to miss out, let's get on opposing flanker Francois Louw to cross anytime in the match. We also like the half-time, full-time option (5/6) on the English side as Mike Ford's team make a statement.

Glasgow v Northampton

Barring Leicester at Treviso we foresee home wins this Saturday in the Champions Cup, with the Warriors kicking off their campaign with a victory over a Saints side that limped past the Scarlets last week. Glasgow are 4/7 to prevail or you can get them at 10/11 on a minus 4.

Tommy Seymour (10/1) has been outstanding of late and is a good bet to open the scoring at Scotstoun Stadium. A safer punt is him on the anytime at 13/5.

Scarlets v Racing 92

As said, home win again here as the impressive Scarlets should get past the big-spending French. It's surprising they are the underdogs at 11/10 so that's definitely worth getting on as their slick brand of rugby and surely an improved kicking performance will see them prevail.

James Davies and DTH van der Merwe are, as always, decent anytime try bets and we'll also go for the latter as the game's first try-scorer.

Wasps v Toulon

Now comes the tricky part. Can Wasps rubber stamp their pool credentials with a win over the reigning champions? If they do then Europe is set to sit up and take note of a side led by George Smith and Charles Piutau. If Wasps do win we can't see it being by more than 5 points.

Toulon, directed by Quade Cooper, might just have too much power and quality in the tank on paper but Wasps will be encouraged by the fact they have lost 3 of their 4 away games in the Top 14. So, if you're feeling confident then get on the Ricoh Arena side to win this at 11/8.

Other Champions Cup predictions:

Treviso v Leicester: Leicester by 20
Toulouse v Oyonnax: Toulouse by 15
Exeter v Bordeaux-Bègles: Exeter by 15
Clermont v Ospreys: Clermont by 10