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This weekend's predictions!

20th March 2014 11:33

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Ian Whitten

Clashing: Leicester and Exeter

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

The dust has now settled on the Six Nations for another year, with Ireland sending BOD off into the sunset a champion and England impressing again while the rest remained largely stagnant.

So, this week, we're back into the thick of the Northern Hemisphere domestic action. The PRO12 resumes, the Premiership gets underway anew, and the Top 14 throws up a number of cracking fixtures.

With so much action to keep track of, and so many games to make some money off, its no surprise Paddy Power offers a fine range of betting opportunities.

Let's get started.

PRO12:

Ospreys v Cardiff Blues: Paddy Power quite rightly rates the hosts as huge 1/7 favourites, with the handicap of (-12) worth backing at just below evens. An 11-15 winning margin for the Ospreys is probably your best bet, quadrupling your stake at 4/1, while Jeff Hassler is in fine form out wide, and backing him to score first pays out at 8/1. The Ospreys simply have too much for their struggling rivals, which is why they'll claim the derby spoils by 12 points.

Other SuperBru Pro12 predictions:

Leinster v Zebre: Leinster by 20
Edinburgh v Ulster: Ulster by 4
Glasgow v Scarlets: Glasgow by 7
Munster v Treviso: Munster by 22
Dragons v Connacht: Dragons by 8

Premiership:

Worcester v Wasps: The hosts are effectively doomed to relegation, and we can't see them picking up a morale-boosting win over a solid Wasps side. The +7 handicap for the Warriors is good value at 10/11 as this is unlikely to be a heavily one-sided affair, and backing Josh Bassett to cross the whitewash first is a decent prospect at 10/1. A punt on the hosts may seem foolish, but a few quid on a 1-5 point victory may be justified by its 5/1 label. That's not how we see this one turning out, however, as we think Wasps will claim a low-scoring but comfortable six point victory.

Other SuperBru Premiership predictions:

Sale v Northampton: Saints by 9
Gloucester v Newcastle: Gloucester by 10
Saracens v Harlequins: Saracens by 8
London Irish v Bath: Bath by 5
Leicester Tigers v Exeter Chiefs: Tigers by 12

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PosTeamPPts
1Leinster2282
2Glasgow Warriors2279
3Munster2274
4Ulster2270
5Ospreys2266