This weekend's predictions!

Date published: September 19 2014

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It is that time where we put our head on the chopping block with some rugby predictions.

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

The Rugby Championship takes a break this week so the focus is solely on club competitions around the world, with plenty of tasty action scheduled.

We've taken a look at the best value in rugby betting on Paddy Power so without further ado here are our predictions for the upcoming action.

Aviva Premiership

First things first, look out each week for our SuperBru predictions and join our league here.

Gloucester v Exeter

Friday's Premiership action takes us to Kingsholm, as the Gloucester revolution continues after an atrocious start when they face Exeter Chiefs.

Gloucester responded to their thrashing by Northampton to defeat Sale Sharks last weekend at the death. Exeter meanwhile have shrugged off pre-season predictions that they would struggle by ripping past London Welsh and narrowly losing to Leicester Tigers.

Gloucester remain strong favourites at 8/15, but the possibility of Exeter leading at the break before the home side pull through at 6/1 looks wise. England flyer Jonny May is a potential first try scorer at 8/1, while after scoring two tries already this season for his new club Exeter's Thomas Waldrom should be strongly considered as an anytime scorer at 11/4.

More SuperBru picks:

Sale v London Welsh – Sale by 15
London Irish v Saracens – Saracens by 12
Harlequins v Wasps – Wasps by 4
Bath v Leicester – Bath by 3
Newcastle v Northampton- Northampton by 9

Guinness PRO12

Look out for our SuperBru predictions for the weekend, here.

Cardiff Blues v Ulster

Team selection sees the Blues rest Sam Warburton but Josh Navidi is a more than handy replacement to have come in. Meanwhile, Rhys Patchell's running threat could be optimised at 15 but at centre the absence of a benched Cory Allen adds to backline concerns.

Ulster are looking strong and the return of Tommy Bowe and Paddy Jackson is a boost to them, with Franco van der Merwe adding his experience at lock, which leads to us backing them to cover the -6 they have been given. We also like Paul Marshall (5/1) to get over.

Munster v Zebre

With try-scoring machine CJ Stander not involved, we have plumped for another back-row forward who knows his way to the line to score anytime and will also have a small play on him as the first try-scorer. We're talking about number eight Robin Copeland at 13/10 and 17/2 respectively with Paddy Power. We expect him to have a strong home debut.

More SuperBru picks:

Munster v Zebre – Munster by 20
Cardiff Blues v Ulster – Ulster by 5
Connacht v Leinster – Leinster by 15
Dragons v Glasgow – Glasgow by 10
Scarlets v Treviso – Scarlets by 20

Currie Cup

The latest round of Currie Cup action starts on Friday, as the Lions host the upstart Pumas.

Writing off the Nelspruit outfit has been a regular mistake this season in South Africa, with their surprise win over the Sharks a few weeks ago proving to be the perfect example.

That said, the Golden Lions have been the great entertainers this year and their win over Western Province last weekend confirms their top billing, and odds for this contest at 1/5. If the Pumas win it will be narrowly between 1-5 points, priced down at 8/1. The Lions should eventually break away though in this one to win by 11-20 points, on offer at 16/5.

More SuperBru picks:

Lions v Pumas – Lions by 7
Western Province v Griquas – WP by 15
Blue Bulls v Sharks – Blue Bulls by 3
EP Kings v FS Cheetahs – Cheetahs by 12

Top 14

An interesting weekend of Top 14 action kicks off with Brive hosting Toulon.

The reigning champions were well-beaten last time they travelled to Amédée Domenech, and come into the game in a slump by their standards, having lost two of their last three.

Still, we think this is where they turn it around, and the handicap at -3 should be covered with the return of Matt Giteau.

Given Brive's major discipline problems, we also think that 10/1 for a red card in the game is worth a punt.

Elsewhere, Bordeaux-Bègles look in good enough form to cover a six-point handicap at La Rochelle, and if you're feeling brave, they might even be worth a bet to win outright at 13/5.

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