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This weekend's predictions!

06th December 2013 13:34


Alex Cuthbert Cardiff Blues v Toulon Heineken Cup Pool Six Cardiff Arms Park

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It's that time of week again where we put our heads on the chopping block and bring you our predictions for the weekend's action.

With the November Tests concluded, the top-class rugby continues with a double-salvo of European weekends.

There are plenty intriguing Heineken Cup match-ups on show, and with those fixtures come a barrow-load of opportunities to win yourself some cash by betting on rugby.

Let's get started.

Heineken Cup:

Cardiff Blues v Glasgow Warriors:

The Blues can, for the first time in some four weeks, welcome back their Wales stars, and that gives them a significant boost against a much-vaunted Warriors side. It's a crucial clash for both teams, with a narrow away win favoured by Paddy Power. A winning margin of 1-10 points for Gregor Townsend's men comes in at 6/4. The more attractive options among the first try-scorers are the hulking Alex Cuthbert at 17/2 and dazzling Glasgow scrum-half Niko Matawalu at 12/1. A punt on the in-form Robin Copeland to cross the line anytime is also well priced at 9/2. In spite of the returning Cardiff stars, we don't think they will overcome a tenacious Warriors outfit, with the Scots likely to triumph by around 4 points.

Northampton Saints v Leinster:

This could be a real humdinger in a repeat of the 2011 final. Saints head into the Heineken Cup off a seven match winning streak, and they sit narrow favourites at 4/6. The Dubliners are arguably short of the force of old, but still boast the nous and ability to come out on top when it matters. At 6/5, they are far from rank outsiders, while a handicap bet of +2 could also do well at 10/11. We don't see a clear margin of victory for either side here, but home advantage and should help Saints pip their Pool 1 rivals by 3 points.

Munster v Perpignan:

Rob Penney's side are hefty favourites for this one at 1/14 outright, with Thomond Park at tough venue for any visiting team to conquer. It should be a comfortable win for Munster, and with that in mind, handicapping them -13 gives a decent return at 10/11. We can't see beyond a clear home victory, and expect the Irish province to finish around 16 points ahead of their Top14 rivals.

Other SuperBru Heineken Cup predictions:

Castres v Ospreys: Castres by 7
Clermont v Scarlets: Clermont by 13
Exeter Chiefs v Toulon: Toulon by 6
Zebre v Saracens: Saracens by 11
Racing Metro v Harlequins: Racing Metro by 8
Ulster v Treviso: Ulster by 19
Edinburgh v Gloucester: Edinburgh by 4
Leicester v Montpellier: Leicester by 5
Toulouse v Connacht: Toulouse by 22

Forthcoming Fixtures
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Aviva Premiership
Friday , April 18
Harlequins vs Leicester19:45
Saturday , April 19
Exeter vs Sale15:00
Bath vs Worcester15:00
Wasps vs Gloucester15:15
Sunday , April 20
Northampton vs London Irish14:00
Newcastle vs Saracens15:00
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RaboDirect PRO12
Friday , April 18
Leinster vs Benetton Treviso17:00
Glasgow vs Ulster19:35
Saturday , April 19
Zebre vs Edinburgh14:30
Connacht vs Munster18:15
Sunday , April 20
Cardiff Blues vs Scarlets14:00
Newport Gwent D'gons vs Ospreys16:45
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Top 14
Friday , April 18
Castres vs Montpellier20:45
Saturday , April 19
Oyonnax vs Toulouse14:55
Perpignan vs Toulon17:00
Grenoble vs Bayonne18:30
Biarritz vs Brive18:30
Racing Metro Paris vs Clermont Auvergne18:30
Stade Francais vs Bordeaux-Begles20:35
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Super Rugby
Friday , April 18
Hurricanes vs Blues19:35
Melbourne Rebels vs Western Force19:40
Saturday , April 19
Chiefs vs Crusaders19:35
Waratahs vs Bulls19:00
Sharks vs Cheetahs15:00
Stormers vs Lions17:05
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Recent Results
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Aviva Premiership
Sunday , April 13
Saracens 28 - 24 NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Report
London Irish 40 - 12 NewcastleLondon Irish vs Newcastle Report
Saturday , April 12
Worcester 33 - 38 ExeterWorcester vs Exeter Report
Leicester 27 - 15 WaspsLeicester vs Wasps Report
Gloucester 17 - 18 BathGloucester vs Bath Report
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RaboDirect PRO12
Benetton Treviso 45 - 27 Newport Gwent D'gonsBenetton Treviso vs Newport Gwent D
Scarlets 27 - 20 ZebreScarlets vs Zebre Report
Munster 5 - 22 GlasgowMunster vs Glasgow Report
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Top 14
Bordeaux-Begles 20 - 22 ToulonBordeaux-Begles vs Toulon Report
Toulouse 16 - 9 BriveToulouse vs Brive Report
Grenoble 30 - 36 Montpellier
Perpignan 22 - 12 Oyonnax
Bayonne 24 - 19 Stade Francais
Racing Metro Paris 37 - 7 Biarritz
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Super Rugby
Chiefs 22 - 16 Melbourne RebelsChiefs vs Melbourne Rebels Report
Western Force 28 - 16 WaratahsWestern Force vs Waratahs Report
Lions 12 - 25 SharksLions vs Sharks Report
Cheetahs 31 - 52 CrusadersCheetahs vs Crusaders Report
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Aviva Premiership
Friday , April 11
Sale Sharks 12 - 27 HarlequinsSale Sharks vs Harlequins Report
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RaboDirect PRO12
Ulster 58 - 12 ConnachtUlster vs Connacht Report
Edinburgh 22 - 29 Cardiff BluesEdinburgh vs Cardiff Blues Report
Ospreys 25 - 19 LeinsterOspreys vs Leinster Report
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Top 14
Clermont Auvergne 23 - 11 CastresClermont Auvergne vs Castres Report
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Super Rugby
Highlanders 27 - 20 BullsHighlanders vs Bulls Report
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