This weekend’s predictions

Date published: December 4 2015

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As we enter December there's a full slate of games in the Premiership, PRO12 and Top 14 to start the festive season.

Northampton's visit to Bath headlines the action in the Premiership while Leinster simply have to win when they head out on the road to face PRO12 champions Glasgow Warriors.

So, look nowhere else than Paddy Power for the best odds out there ahead of this weekend's action.

Let's take a closer look.

Premiership

Gloucester v Sale

Friday's game under the lights at Kingsholm is a battle between two ambitious sides hungry to break into the Premiership's top six. Sale have won twice out of their last four visits to the Cherry and Whites' fortress and a win by 6-10 points at 8/1 holds plenty of appeal.

England winger Jonny May leads the way with the first try scorer odds at 7/1, while rising Sale star Sam James should be considered at 16/1, with Josh Beaumont a promising anytime scorer bet at 13/2.

Two wins so far this season, against Newcastle and Worcester, don't exactly fill us with confidence when it comes to backing Gloucester, even at home. But they should just shade this one by three points.

Other Premiership predictions:

Harlequins v London Irish: Quins by 5
Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers: Tigers by 8
Bath v Northampton Saints: Bath by 6
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs: Wasps by 7
Newcastle v Saracens: Saracens by 12


PRO12

Cardiff Blues v Connacht

The surprise, but very much deserved, PRO12 leaders Connacht travel on the road this Friday to the Welsh capital to take on Cardiff Blues. It's been a dream start to the season for Pat Lam's side, but a number of injuries, including to Ireland star Robbie Henshaw, may give Connacht real problems this week.

Connacht captain John Muldoon will make PRO12 history when he becomes the first player to make over 200 appearances in the competition, and he's worth considering as a first try scorer at 25/1.

A win by 11-15 points for Connacht holds some sway at 8/1, alhough Rey Lee-Lo at 4/1 as an anytime scorer shouldn't be sniffed at. That all said, we're backing the Irish province to sneak home by four points.

Other PRO12 predictions:

Ulster v Edinburgh: Ulster by 7
Treviso v Scarlets: Scarlets by 3
Glasgow Warriors v Leinster: Glasgow by 8
Zebre v Ospreys: Ospreys by 10
Newport Gwent Dragons v Munster: Munster by 5


Top 14

Pau v Stade Français

Scrapping at the bottom of the Top 14 following their promotion for this season, Pau are 6/5 outsiders at home to Racing 92 who will be without Dan Carter despite his arrival last week – his debut is planned for the Champions Cup meeting with Northampton on November 12.

Pau's own star signing Colin Slade is on the bench and the hosts are 6/1 to win by 6-10 points in what could turn into a scrap between the two packs. 

Argentina sensation Juan Imhoff leads the first try scoring odds at 10/1, and sits at 100/1 to score a hat-trick. Racing's class may be the difference here on a clear night with only some light rain expected. Racing to win by 9.

Other Top 14 predictions:

Toulouse v Oyonnax: Toulouse by 12
Toulon v Agen: Toulon by 15
Stade Français v Bordeaux-Bègles: UBB by 3
La Rochelle v Grenoble: Grenoble by 5
Castres v Montpellier: Castres by 6
Brive v Clermont Auvergne: Clermont by 7

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