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This weekend's predictions!

24th January 2014 11:24

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Head to head: Racing and Toulouse

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

  • Top 14 Fixtures
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Top 14
Saturday , May 3
Toulouse vs Grenoble15:00
Toulon vs Stade Francais15:00
Montpellier vs Racing Metro Paris15:00
Clermont Auvergne vs Perpignan15:00
Bordeaux-Begles vs Biarritz15:00
Bayonne vs Castres15:00
Brive vs Oyonnax15:00
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  • Top 14 Results
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Saturday , April 19
Oyonnax 19 - 19 ToulouseOyonnax vs Toulouse Report
Perpignan 31 - 46 ToulonPerpignan vs Toulon Report
Biarritz 19 - 13 Brive
Stade Francais 37 - 23 Bordeaux-Begles
Grenoble 21 - 21 Bayonne
Racing Metro Paris 22 - 6 Clermont AuvergneRacing Metro Paris vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Friday , April 18
Castres 22 - 15 MontpellierCastres vs Montpellier Report
Saturday , April 12
Bordeaux-Begles 20 - 22 ToulonBordeaux-Begles vs Toulon Report
Perpignan 22 - 12 Oyonnax
Bayonne 24 - 19 Stade Francais
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  • Top 14 Table
Top 14 Table
PosTeamPPts
1Toulon2574
2Montpellier2571
3Clermont Auvergne2569
4Racing Metro Paris2569
5Castres2566