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This weekend's predictions!

13th December 2013 10:24

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Rory Kockott and Pedrie Wannenburg Castres v Ospreys HEC 2013

Narrow win: Castres

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

The back-to-back Heineken Cup fixtures always adds that something extra and we cannot wait for teams to face off against each other once again.

There are plenty intriguing match-ups on show, and with those fixtures come a load of chances to win yourself an early Christmas present by betting on rugby.

Let's get started.

Heineken Cup:

Ospreys v Castres: It's surprising to see the -1 handicap available for Castres at the Liberty Stadium. The French champions look a decent shout - particularly as the Ospreys have lost four of their last six games on home soil in all competitions - for sneaking a victory here as they have had a knack of doing just that over the past year in key games. While Top 14 sides are usually inconsistent on the road, the fact this Welsh side's hopes of qualification are over needs looking at. Castres should grind a win out on Friday which is why we like the handicap, a dabble on an exact point win (the visitors by 5 at 22/1), or maybe Castres by 1-5 points available with Paddy Power at 7/2.
Prediction: Castres by 5 points

Toulon v Exeter Chiefs: The Chiefs almost sprung a surprise last Saturday at Sandy Park as they impressed in a narrow 14-9 defeat to the champions. But while Toulon's away form is decidedly shaky in spite of their plethora of stars, they are a force to be reckoned with at Stade Felix Mayol. Such is their prowess, they are rated huge 1/80 favourites, with Exeter a long shot at 14/1. More attractive, however, in the handicap section comes Toulon (-21) at 10/11. If the big-spenders click early on, a handsome home win could be on the cards.
Prediction: Toulon by 18 points.

Gloucester v Edinburgh: Gloucester overcame a fragile Edinburgh side last Sunday, and they're expected to record another comfortable win at 1/12 in the return leg. Alan Solomons' men are not lacking in quality, however, and a punt on them at 6/1 could be worth a shot. In the handicap market, Gloucester (-13) is listed at 10/11, which looks a good bet. We're a tad more conservative in our prediction, though, tipping the hosts to win by less than that.
Prediction: Gloucester by 10 points.

Other SuperBru Heineken Cup predictions:

Glasgow vs Cardiff Blues: Glasgow by 3
Leinster vs Northampton: Leinster by 10
Saracens vs Zebre: Saracens by 30
Connacht vs Toulouse: Toulouse by 6
Scarlets vs Clermont: Clermont by 5
Benetton Treviso vs Ulster: Ulster by 15
Perpignan vs Munster: Munster by 8
Harlequins vs Racing Metro: Harlequins by 15
Montpellier vs Leicester: Montpellier by 7

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 19
Gloucester vs Exeter19:45
Saturday , September 20
Sale vs London Welsh14:00
London Irish vs Saracens15:00
Harlequins vs Wasps15:00
Bath vs Leicester15:15
Sunday , September 21
Newcastle vs Northampton14:00
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , September 19
Munster vs Zebre19:30
Cardiff Blues vs Ulster19:35
Connacht vs Leinster19:35
Saturday , September 20
Newport Gwent D'gons vs Glasgow14:40
Scarlets vs Benetton Treviso18:00
Sunday , September 21
Ospreys vs Edinburgh16:00
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Friday , September 19
Brive vs Toulon18:00
Saturday , September 20
Racing Metro Paris vs Toulouse18:00
La Rochelle vs Bordeaux-Begles18:00
Clermont Auvergne vs Lyon18:00
Castres vs Oyonnax18:00
Grenoble vs Bayonne18:00
Montpellier vs Stade Francais18:00
More Top 14 fixtures
Currie Cup
Friday , September 19
Lions vs Pumas19:10
Saturday , September 20
Western Province vs Griquas15:00
Blue Bulls vs Sharks17:05
Eastern Province Kings vs Cheetahs19:10
More Currie Cup fixtures
ITM Cup
Wednesday, September 17
Southland vs TasmanSouthland vs Tasman Preview
Thursday , September 18
Northland vs Taranaki19:35
More ITM Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , September 14
Wasps 20 - 16 NorthamptonWasps vs Northampton Report
Newcastle 18 - 20 London IrishNewcastle vs London Irish Report
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Guinness PRO12
Cardiff Blues 12 - 33 GlasgowCardiff Blues vs Glasgow Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Top 14
Bordeaux-Begles 27 - 21 MontpellierBordeaux-Begles vs Montpellier Report
More Top 14 results
ITM Cup
Waikato 26 - 21 Counties ManukauWaikato vs Counties Manukau Report
Hawkes Bay 41 - 0 Otago
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , September 13
Gloucester 34 - 27 Sale SharksGloucester vs Sale Sharks Report
Bath 53 - 26 London WelshBath vs London Welsh Report
Exeter 20 - 24 LeicesterExeter vs Leicester Report
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Rugby Championship
New Zealand 14 - 10 South AfricaNew Zealand vs South Africa Report
Australia 32 - 25 ArgentinaAustralia vs Argentina Report
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Guinness PRO12
Leinster 42 - 12 ScarletsLeinster vs Scarlets Report
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Top 14
Toulouse 9 - 13 Clermont AuvergneToulouse vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Racing Metro Paris 28 - 11 LyonRacing Metro Paris vs Lyon Report
Bayonne 23 - 6 Brive
Oyonnax 40 - 27 Grenoble
Toulon 24 - 28 Stade FrancaisToulon vs Stade Francais Report
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Griquas 31 - 27 PumasGriquas vs Pumas Report
Cheetahs 30 - 30 SharksCheetahs vs Sharks Report
Lions 35 - 33 Western ProvinceLions vs Western Province Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Bay Of Plenty 12 - 27 AucklandBay Of Plenty vs Auckland Report
Southland 36 - 34 Northland
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Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 12
Harlequins 0 - 39 SaracensHarlequins vs Saracens Report
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Guinness PRO12
Benetton Treviso 10 - 21 MunsterBenetton Treviso vs Munster Report
Newport Gwent D'gons 15 - 17 Ospreys
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Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Saracens29
2Bath29
3Leicester Tigers29
4Exeter26
5Northampton26