This weekend’s predictions

Date published: December 11 2015

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

Crunch time approaches for those wanting to push for European honours this season as it's Round 3 in both the Champions and Challenge Cup.

There is plenty at stake and we're going to make it a little more interesting by seeing what Paddy Power is offering on the betting scene.

Champions Cup

Glasgow v Scarlets

Team announcements suggest that after two losses, Scarlets have half-raised the white flag in this game against a strong-looking Warriors.

We like Glasgow to win both halves at 8/13 but if you think the Welsh can surprise the Scottish side (we don't) they are 7/1 to win this. While we think that is unlikely, the handicap of plus 14 points for the Scarlets might be worth taking in tough conditions at Scotstoun.

Racing 92 v Northampton

No prizes for guessing who will be getting the most TV airtime in Paris on Saturday as star Dan Carter makes his debut against the Saints. The All Black is 25/1 to score the game's try – if you believe in fairytale starts – but we think that Juan Imhoff is a wiser bet at 10/1.

Racing 92 should win this one and the 11-20 point margin looks a decent shout at 12/5. Northampton to claim a shock win is priced at 3/1.

Exeter v Clermont

What a game we have in store at Sandy Park as European heavyweights Clermont roll into Chiefs country for what will be a difficult match. Exeter are subsequently just 13/10 to win while ASM can be taken at 4/6 but we think backing the French would be a risky move on Saturday.

The Chiefs should have enough class to win here – even without Henry Slade – and the 1-10 point margin (11/5) is what we are going for as well as Thomas Waldrom at 5/1 to continue on from last week's hat-trick with a try in the 80 minutes. He's also 18/1 for the game's opener.

Munster v Leicester

On the back of a home loss to Connacht and falling away to the Dragons, could it be back-to-back defeats at Thomond Park for Munster? Leicester will fancy their chances.

The Tigers are plus 3 points on the handicap, which we would advise taking, or if you're feeling confident they can win outright that's 7/5. It will be a tight game and therefore the Tribet (6/5) comes into our mind, meaning you can get either team to win by 6 points or less.

Toulon v Leinster

Paddy Power clearly don't fancy an upset at Stade Mayol as Leinster are 15/2 underdogs or can be taken at plus 15 points on the handicap. Despite all of Toulon's stars, that handicap looks decent for Leinster but that doesn't mean we will be avoiding a bet on the hosts.

Looking at the try-scoring options, Steffon Armitage is 11/4 for a try in 80 minutes while Ma'a Nonu is 10/3 on the same market. We also like an outside bet on Leinster loosehead prop Cian Healy to cross as he knows his way to the line. The international is a whopping 33/1.

Other Champions Cup predictions:

Ulster v Toulouse: Ulster by 3
Treviso v Stade Français: Stade Français by 18
Ospreys v Bordeaux-Begles: Ospreys by 5
Oyonnax v Saracens: Saracens by 25
Wasps v Bath: Wasps by 6