Predictions: Champions Cup, Round One

Date published: October 13 2017

The opening round of the Champions Cup is poised to kick-off and we have sat down to bring you predictions for the pool games this weekend.

It all begins at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Friday when Ulster host Wasps before five games take place on Saturday and four on Sunday.

Holders Saracens start with a trip to Northampton while beaten finalists Clermont travel to the Ospreys in the other fixture in that pool.

Before we offer our predictions, here's some interesting information:

– La Rochelle make their Champions Cup debut when they visit Harlequins on Saturday.

– Racing 92 and Leicester collide in the Champions Cup for the third staight season.

– Munster (158) hold the record for the most games in the history of the competition.

– Bath celebrate the 20th anniversary of their Cup triumph over Brive in the new year.

Champions Cup, Round One

Ulster vs Wasps: Ulster by 3
Leinster vs Montpellier: Leinster by 5
Racing 92 vs Leicester: Racing 92 by 5
Bath vs Benetton Rugby: Bath by 20
Harlequins v La Rochelle: Harlequins by 6
Exeter vs Glasgow Warriors: Glasgow by 3
Castres vs Munster: Munster by 8
Toulon vs Scarlets: Toulon by 5
Ospreys vs Clermont: Clermont by 7
Northampton vs Saracens: Saracens by 12