This weekend's predictions!

Date published: October 2 2013

It is time for us to put our heads on the block and give you Planet Rugby's calls for this weekend's global action.

It is time for us to put our heads on the block and give you Planet Rugby's calls for this weekend's global action.

A bumper weekend of matches is set to start off on Friday with the return of the Aviva Premiership and RaboDirect Pro12, combined with matches in the Top 14 and of course, The Rugby Championship.

Therefore with so many matches taking place around the globe, the number of betting opportunities for you this week are plentiful.

So, let's get started…

The Rugby Championship

New Zealand v Argentina

The All Blacks are by far and away the best side in world rugby right now, no question, so naturally the odds are very much in their favour at an eye-watering 1/80!

That means that the good money is likely to come from looking for smaller bets with Argentina, who for the record are down at 14/1 to win in Hamilton.

Should New Zealand struggle early on as they did against Australia in Wellington, then a home win by 1-12 points is available at 4/1, whilst Argentina to win by the same margin is 16/1.

A Pumas lead at half-time, like against South Africa, is also not impossible at 8/1, along with the possibility of a draw at 22/1. The double result of Argentina leading at the break before a New Zealand win is 9/1.

Ben Smith is the best New Zealand bet for a first try scorer at 11/2, whilst Horacio Agulla leads the way for the Pumas at 30/1.

Australia v South Africa

Very close to call as noted in our preview earlier this week, the Wallabies and Springboks are evenly matched coming into Saturday's game at Suncorp, with the betting odds narrowly falling in favour of South Africa at 13/8.

A South African lead at half-time by 1-7 points seems a secure bet at 11/4, and following that up with a Wallaby victory overall for a double result is on offer at 6/1. Springbok winning margins of 6-10 points and 11-15 points are available at 7/1 and 13/1.

James O'Connor and Israel Folau are the best home bets for a first try at 10/1, with Springbok captain Jean De Villiers at 16/1. If one of Folau and O'Connor do score first and an Australian try is the first score of the match, the price is 4/1.

Aviva Premiership

Newcastle v Bath

Newcastle are not your average promoted side from the Championship. Working with an experienced squad and an even more experienced Director of Rugby in Dean Richards, they have potential to cause upsets, especially at home – with Friday being one such game against Bath.

For that reason the Falcons are priced at 13/10, with Bath still favourites but not by much. Gary Gold's side have invested heavily again over the off-season bringing in young talent; priced at 11/4 to win by more than 13 points.

Newcastle are capable of holding the lead at half-time in this one, hence the double result offer of Newcastle-Bath at 13/2, with the reverse priced at 8/1.

Big, big things are expected of Bath flyer Semesa Rokoduguni this season – priced at 9/1 as a first try scorer – whilst Noah Cato for Newcastle is available for the same price.

London Irish v Saracens

Extremely little is expected of Irish this season, bar a relegation battle, hence why the Exiles are down at 9/2 to defeat last season's Heineken Cup semi-finalists Saracens at Twickenham.

A surprising Irish victory by more than 13 points is down at 17/1, with the Exiles 4/1 to lead by 1-7 points at the break. Should that happen and Saracens go on to win as expected, the odds are 6/1. An outside bet of Saracens to win to nil at 25/1 is worth considering.

Elsewhere in the Aviva Premiership, Exeter Chiefs are definitely worth considering a bet at 4/1 to win away at Franklin's Gardens against Northampton Saints, with Sale Sharks at 5/1 to defeat Gloucester away.

RaboDirect Pro12

Scarlets v Leinster

Defending champions Leinster begin their quest to go back-to-back with a trip to Wales to face the Scarlets.

Leinster may be under new management with Matt O'Connor at the helm, but they still remain heavy favourites, priced at 4/1 to win by 13 points or more.

The Scarlets though are far from rank outsiders. A win for the hosts after trailing at the break is available at 7/1.

Luke Fitzgerald leads the first try scoring odds at 9/1, with the frighteningly quick Kristian Phillips for the Scarlets lurking at 11/1.

Dragons v Ulster

A new era at Rodney Parade under Lyn Jones kicks off with heavy favourites Ulster coming into town, leaving the Dragons available at match odds of 15/8.

The hosts are backed to lead by 1-7 points at half-time at 3/1, but at 9/1 to come from behind and take the win after trailing at the break. A Dragons half-time lead followed by an Ulster victory is available at 6/1.

Look out for Tom Prydie, the Dragons points machine, as a 12/1 bet for first try scorer.

Glasgow v Cardiff Blues

Last season's RaboDirect Pro12 semi-finalists Glasgow are heavy favourites at home to the Blues.

An upset win for the Welsh side after losing at the interval is down at 10/1. Highly-rated winger Harry Robinson is down as a first try scorer at 13/1.

Top 14

A second full round of Top 14 matches within four days would drive squads in other leagues into the ground. Not in France though.

Seven matches on Sunday naturally favour the home sides – with Toulouse 6/4 to win away at Montpellier.

Bordeaux-Begles are 15/2 to defeat Grenoble away from home, whilst Biarritz are a rare exception given that they are 3/1 outsiders to win at home against Toulon.

Finally, Perpignan, after a poor start to the new season, are 11/1 away to Racing Métro.

Good luck!