This weekend's predictions!

Date published: January 24 2014

It's that time of week where we put our heads on the chopping block with our predictions.

It's that time of week where we put our heads on the chopping block with our predictions.

This weekend is a quiet one domestically as preparation continues and anticipation grows across Europe for the Six Nations kick-off next Saturday.

The Top 14 presses on with a full card of fixtures, while the Premiership and Pro12 leagues take a break to focus on the LV=Cup.

Predictions are not always as straightforward as they appear in the Anglo-Welsh tournament, with many sides pitching in promising youngsters ahead of their bigger names.

Fortunately, that makes for some enticing opportunities to splash come cash. As ever, Paddy Power is the place to go.

Let's get started.

LV= Cup

Scarlets v Gloucester: Scarlets are rated 3/10 favourites with Paddy Power for this one, but we feel that may be a tad harsh on Gloucester, who approach the game off the back of a fine victory in Perpignan. They are certainly worth a punt at 5/2, anyway. Another tempting bet would be a few bucks on an away win by 1-12 points, which will triple your stake. The Scarlets will be a tough proposition for the visitors, however, given their impressive scrummaging and the presence of openside John Barclay, who has oddly been left out of both the Scotland and Scotland A squad. We reckon the Welshmen will take it by about four points.

Other LV= Cup SuperBru predictions:

Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors: Sale by 10
Dragons v Northampton Saints: Saints by 14
Bath v Cardiff Blues: Bath by 10
Exeter Chiefs v Ospreys: Chiefs by 6
Harlequins v Leicester Tigers: Tigers by 4
London Wasps v London Irish: Wasps by 6
Saracens v Newcastle Falcons: Saracens by 16

Top 14

Racing Métro v Toulouse: Given Racing's well-documented problems this season, it seems a tad strange that they sit 4/9 favourites. Certainly, backing Toulouse (+5) looks worth a few bob, even though Les Rouges et Noir will be missing a few of their French Test players. Racing have a propensity to implode, and a worrying lack of cohesion and togetherness even at this stage of the season. That's why we feel an away win by three points is on the cards.

Other SuperBru Top 14 predictions:

Stade Francais v Castres: Stade by 5
Bayonne v Clermont: Clermont by 8
Biarritz v Oyonnax: Oyonnax by 3
Grenoble v Perpignan: Grenoble by 5
Montpellier v Bordeaux-Begles: Montpellier by 10
Brive v Toulon: Toulon by 7