It’s that time again to put our head on the chopping block with our weekend predictions.
It is that time of the week where we put our head on the chopping block with Planet Rugby’s weekend predictions.
Our focus this week is firmly European, with the Top 14, Premiership and Pro12 all playing out their last round of matches before the Champions Cup begins next weekend – we cannot wait for that.
There’s also the tail end of this year’s Currie Cup action to address before the playoffs. Scroll down then to discover the best that Paddy Power has to offer this week. Take your seats.
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Leicester v Harlequins
Excuse for a second while we lick our chops over this one. What a contest to kick off Round Six in England.
Leicester and Quins have served up some memorable matches over recent time, but neither come into this contest with the greatest confidence. The visitors thrashed London Welsh, who hasn’t, but before that were well beaten by Saracens (39-0!) and Exeter to cause some concern. Leicester meanwhile have been riddled by injury and lost their last three on the bounce, including a home defeat by London Irish.
Quins therefore are small outsiders at 2/1 but if they are to win it will be narrowly, with a margin of 1-12 points on offer at 11/4. Given the way Leicester have toiled, a Quins half-time lead followed by Tigers taking the victory is 6/1.
When it comes to try scorers though we’re spoilt for choice – Vereniki Goneva leads the first try scoring odds at 13/2, while England centre Manu Tuilagi is an 11/1 bet here and a 12/5 anytime scorer. Look out for his international team-mate Danny Care as an anytime scorer as well at 3/1.
This should be a real thriller, and we expect Leicester to respond and narrowly win by three points.
More SuperBru picks:
London Welsh v Newcastle – Falcons by 10
Exeter v London Irish – Exeter by 3
Saracens v Gloucester – Saracens by 9
Northampton v Sale – Saints by 11
Wasps v Bath – Bath by 5
Look out for our SuperBru predictions for the weekend, here.
Munster v Scarlets
Fresh from springing a surprise on Leinster in Dublin for their first win in the Irish capital since 2008, Munster are back at Thomond Park to battle the Scarlets.
It’s a tough ask for the Welsh region who have only lost one of their first five games, drawing two, as they come into this one at 3/1.
A Scarlets try seems very well priced as the first score of the match at 7/1, with in-form Wales full-back Liam Williams perhaps the man for the job at 11/1 to cross first.
Simon Zebo is the favourite in that category at 13/2 have scored four tries, including a hat-trick against Zebre. We’re backing the home side by seven points.
More SuperBru picks:
Treviso v Connacht – Treviso by 3
Edinburgh v Dragons – Dragons by 5
Zebre v Leinster – Leinster by 11
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors – Glasgow by 3
Ospreys v Blues – Ospreys by 6
Our attention is straight onto Sunday’s mega clash between the champions Toulon and struggling Toulouse.
France’s most successful club haven’t had the brightest start to the season, a continuation of their malaise from the last campaign. Five defeats in their first eight games leave Toulouse a whole 14 points behind Toulon going into Sunday.
Away form in the Top 14 is a fickle thing, hence Toulouse being 2/5 favourites, but Toulon cutting loose and winning by 13 points or more is definitely possible at 12/1.
Intriguingly, Toulon score first, lead at half-time and win is at 5/1. Toulon should win this by six.
It would take the Blue Bulls and Free State Cheetahs to pick up no points in the final round, but the Pumas have an outside chance of making the top four when they face the Kings on Friday.
Heavy favourites, a Pumas try as the first score of the game is at 4/1 and a winning margin of between 11-15 points at 7/1 looks appealing.