It is that time of the week when we put our heads on the chopping block with Planet Rugby’s weekend predictions.
This weekend will go a long way in determining who will still be in the mix for a European play-off berth come January, so there is plenty at stake.
This season has already thrown up a few surprise results so, if you’re bold enough, you can beat the rugby betting odds and make a few bucks. There’s what we think of the weekend’s action.
Bath v Montpellier
The Recreation Ground
Bath head into this match brimming with confidence after beating Montpellier 30-5 in France last weekend. That result was also Bath’s first win in this season’s competition after they suffered defeats to Toulouse and Glasgow Warriors in their previous matches. Montpellier have lost all three of their games. With Montpellier now out of contention for a play-off berth and with eight changes to their starting XV, this is little more than a training exercise for the visiting side. Bath to win by 15 points
Glasgow Warriors v Toulouse
Toulouse made it three wins in a row against Glasgow in European competition last weekend with a 19-11 victory in France. That made it a total of six wins from seven for the French side against the Warriors, and they are unbeaten against them in Scotland. This will however be their first trip to Scotstoun since Glasgow moved grounds. Toulouse have won three out of three so far in Europe while Glasgow were beaten for the first time last week. The win in France was also Toulouse’s 100th win in European competition, they are the first team to achieve the feat. Toulouse wasted a handful of opportunities last week when they could won by a lot more. The Paddy Power have Glasgow as favourites, but we reckon Toulouse will sneak it by three points.
Northampton Saints v Benetton Treviso
Northampton moved level on points with Racing at the top of Pool 5 with last week’s bonus point win over Treviso in Italy. That was their third win from three games against the Italians. Saints are enjoying a successful season, and also sit top of the Aviva Premiership after nine matches. Treviso, meanwhile, are still looking for their first win of the season in all competitions. Their last win in Europe came against the Ospreys in January 2013. No mystery here, Saints by 25 points.
RC Toulon v Leicester Tigers