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25th October 2013 15:03

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SKY_MOBILE DTH van der Merwe - Glasgow Rabodirect

DTH Van der Merwe: First try scorer at Scotstoun?

It's time for us to put our heads on the block and give you Planet Rugby's calls for where the smart money lies this weekend.

With no international action on which to speculate, this week's Tipster focuses on the European clubs returning to their domestic duties.

We give you our tips on where the smart betting money lies this weekend.

Premiership:

Bath v Gloucester

The Premiership kicks off once more after the two-week European hiatus, and there are several big clashes to whet the appetite of the passing punter.

Firstly, on Friday, Gloucester travel to the Recreation Ground to take on Bath in what should prove to be a heated West Country derby - even more so with the November Tests looming large on the horizon.

The home side have performed well in the Premiership so far, and look to have added a real hard-nosed physicality to their forward pack. Youngster George Ford will also go head-to-head at fly-half with potential England rival Freddie Burns.

With Gloucester at best inconsistent in the early stages of the season,

Bath are priced heavy favourites at 1/3 with Paddy Power.

Bath to win by 11-20 points looks a good option at 16/5, while in-form Selesa Rokodoguni is rated a generous 17/2 to land the game's first five-pointer.

Prediction: Bath by 13

Other SuperBru Premiership Predictions:

Exeter Chiefs v Worcester Warriors: Exeter by 16 points
Harlequins v Sale Sharks:Harlequins by 7 points
Northampton Saints v Saracens: Saracens by 6 points
London Wasps v Leicester Tigers: Leicester by 10 points
Newcastle Falcons v London Irish:Newcastle by 8 points

Pro12:

Glasgow Warriors v Munster

The Pro12's table-topping clash sees high-flying Glasgow Warriors welcome a formidable Munster outfit to Scotstoun.

The Warriors are unbeaten in the Pro12 thus far, and have conceded only two league tries in their opening five games. A mean record, but they are up against a side that can and does score plenty, and overcame much-fancied rivals Leinster in their last domestic fixture.

Glasgow remain favourites for Friday's encounter at 4/11, but an away win is a tempting option when priced as big as 21/10.

The hosts to lead at the close of both halves sits at 4/5, while DTH Van der Merwe, who bagged a brace against Toulon, is valued at 17/2 to score first.

Prediction: Glasgow by 6

Other SuperBru Pro12 Predictions:

Zebre v Scarlets: Scarlets by 12 points
Ospreys v Dragons: Ospreys by 10 points
Ulster v Cardiff Blues: Ulster by 9 points
Edinburgh v Treviso:Edinburgh by 7 points
Leinster v Connacht: Leinster by 14 points

Top 14

Toulouse v Toulon

Heineken Cup champions Toulon travel to take on veteran coach Guy Novès's in-form Toulouse outfit.

With French teams renowned for their flakiness on the road, the hosts are odds-on to emerge victorious at 1/4, though an away victory is perhaps a tad inviting at 11/4.

A home win by a margin of 6-10 points is valued at 7/2, with a more alluring bet presenting itself with the offer of 15/8 for the first scorer to be a forward.

Prediction: Toulouse by 8

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