Champions Cup Round-Up: Week 2

Champions Cup Round-Up: Week 2

Leicester Tigers vs Scarlets

Both teams started their European campaigns with a defeat last weekend. The Tigers came up way short in Ireland away to Ulster, while Scarlets lost narrowly at home to Racing 92. History says that if you lose the opening two games in this competition, you’re out. The match under the Welford Road lights will be fierce.

Tryscorers and predictions

If Leicester want to win this match, they’re probably going to have to keep it tight. We’ve seen what the Welsh side could do when Bath tried to open up against Scarlets last season. A forwards battle is traditionally a strength of Tigers and the forward pack have statistically the best Scrum in the Premiership this season. If they can get good ball off a scrum, Tigers will be in prime position to use Jonny May. He’s priced at 5/4 to score anytime on his return following a week out. Jonah Holmes has been picked for Wales this week. If you fancy him scoring on the back of that buzz, he’s priced at 2/1 anytime.

Leigh Halfpenny can be electric at times. He starts from 15 on Friday. His fast dancing feet often put him in great scoring positions. If you fancy him crossing the line, he’s priced at 9/2. Fellow British and Irish Lion Ken Owens often flourishes when the game tightens up. He’s at 5/1 odds to score anytime. Scarlets scrum-half Gareth Davies bagged a try last week against the French side. He’s on good form and the 28-year-old knows how to score in big occasions. He’s priced at 12/5 to score again this week.

It’s another tough one to call. Leicester have been topsy-turvy all season, but on a big European night, we think Leicester will just edge it. 

Recommended Bet: Leicester win between 1-5 points at 4/1 with Bet 365 – BET HERE

Saracens vs Lyon

Saracens demonstrated a different style of play last week in Glasgow. At times, the match became heated and the forwards took charge. This week however, against a downbeat Lyon side, the backs might get a chance to reign supreme again. Lyon are 3rd in the Top 14 table, and if they carry league form across to Saracens then they could cause trouble.

Tryscorers and predictions

Saracens have both Liam Williams and Sean Maitland on the wings. Between them, they’ve scored 8 tries in the Premiership. Williams has the bulk of these with 6. He’s priced at 8/15 to score anytime and priced at 12/5 to score 2 or more. Jaime George has been rather quiet on the scoresheet this season. His quick acceleration with the ball is something which hasn’t been seen for a while. But when questions are asked, he usually delivers. He’s priced at 13/10 to score anytime.

Lyon raced ahead early in the match through two tries by 12 minutes. Loann Goujon and Lionel Beauxis with the tries. The favourite to score this week for Lyon is Alexis Palisson. He’s priced at 13/5 to score. The changes they made didn’t work, and fitness played apart. Cardiff Blues dominated just before the break. Switching off is something you can’t do at the Allianz.

Saracens should win this one. It’s more of a question of how many points by. Lyon are going well in the Top 14, but is it well enough?

Recomennded Bet: Saracens to win by 16-20 points at 13/2 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Castres vs Exeter Chiefs

This group has opened up massively. The draw with Exeter and Munster last weekend has tightened it up already. Castres couldn’t match Gloucester in Kingsholm, but the old cliché about how French teams are different beasts at home is true. Exeter are one of the powerhouses in this competition and matched Munster physically last weekend.

Tryscorers and predictions

The English league leaders are sounding super keen about this competition. They’ll be desperate for 5 points this week. Santiago Cordero has been making breaks in the Premiership and against the Castres defence, he should be able to exploit the same holes. He’s priced at 5/4. Luke Cowan-Dickie got the try last week which took Exeter ahead at the time. He’s priced at 3/1 to score this week. The Chiefs top tryster Sam Simmonds but his injury means he’s unavailable. Behind him is Matt Kvesic with 3 tries. The forward is priced at 10/3 to score.

The French side scored just the one try on their trip to England last week. Martin Laveau scored from the wing. He’s priced at 13/8 to score anytime. Steve Mafi, the ex Leicester forward never fails to make an impact when he comes on to the pitch. He’s priced at 11/2. Julien Dumora scored a drop goal last week and was successful with the boot. He’s priced at 4/1 to add a try anytime.

Recommended Bet: Exeter win at 8/13 with BetVictor – BET HERE

Munster Rugby vs Gloucester Rugby

Ring any bells? In the same stadium, these two collided way back in 2003. Munster needed to win by 24 points. In what is now dubbed as the ‘miracle match’ the Irish side managed to pull it off. Everything has changed since then however. Gloucester are getting used to how to get the best out of Danny Cipriani. But a few injuries in the forwards may well prove costly. Something Munster have always been good at is their power up front which is always feared by visitors to Thomond Park.

Tryscorers and predictions

Munster have made four changes from the match last weekend in Exeter. The tryscorer last weekend CJ Stander starts again from eight. He’s in the tryscoring zone right now and he’s priced at 6/4 to score again this week. Rhys Marshall scored a brace of tries in Munster’s round 3 match. He’s priced at 2/1 to add to his tally this weekend.

For Gloucester, Tom Marshall had a tried ruled out last week by the ref who made a controversial decision. It was one of the major talking points from the first weekend of the Heineken Champions Cup. Marshall is priced at 2/1 with Bet365 to recover this missed opportunity. Matt Banahan is back in the starting line-up. He was on the bench to cover the second row last week. The former Bath winger is priced at 2/1 to score.

Gloucester have been good this season, how much of that comes down to Cipriani may be identified this weekend. He misses out another England opportunity, but it’s the forwards who have control this week. And Munster rarely lose those battles. 

Recommended Bet: Munster -6 first half handicap at 5/6 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Wasps vs Bath Rugby

Two Premiership sides battle it out in Europe. Wasps were firmly stung by Leinster last week losing by 49-points in Ireland. Dai Young will be talking about a ‘bounce back’ in the dressing rooms. In the hunt of four tries, it could be an open game. Bounce back is also something Todd Blackadder will be talking about. Bath should have beaten Toulouse last weekend and nobody knows that more than Freddie Burns. This could have plenty of tries.

Tryscorers and predictions

Wasps try machine Christian Wade looks set to depart the Coventry based team for America. Without that try scoring power, Josh Bassett is going to have to step up. He’s priced at 1/1 to score. Elliot Daly this week starts with the 11 shirt. He also wears the captains armband. He’s priced at 11/10 to score anytime. Wasps love to make a counter attack, and Bath often cough the ball up. On the counter attack, De Jongh often finds himself with the ball. He’s priced at 11/4 to score anytime.

Joe Cokanasiga has made the cut for England’s autumn international team. He also returns from injury this weekend to start for Bath. His powerful ball carrying could well exploit defence issues out wide. He’s priced at 21/10 to score anytime. Burns starts at 10 returning to his favourite position. Following the drop ball last week, he’ll need to come back. As always, Burns loves a good dart and kick over the top. If the Wasps back three find themselves out of shape, Burns will capitalise. He’s priced at 11/2.

We recommend a bet on a Wasps win. At home, they’ll have the emotional backing of losing last time against Gloucester, and the heavy loss last week. Their back line is electric and can cause Bath a lot of trouble. A Wasps win is priced at 3/10 with Bet365.

Recommended Bet: Wasps -4 at 10/11 with BetVictor – BET HERE

Newcastle Falcons vs Montpellier

For Newcastle, it’s one French team to the next. A classic European win against Toulon will have the team smiling ear-to-ear. The backs set the turf alight making break after break. While Montpellier are further up the Top 14 table and are on a totally different level of form, you’d be a brave person to bet against Newcastle repeating their feat, but it might be worth it.

Tryscorers and predictions

It’s fair to say, Newcastle were without their big players in Toulon last week. Fresh and ready to go are Vereniki Geneva and Sinoti Sinoti. We recommend a bet on both of those to score anytime. Callum Green’s line-out control has been massive in the Premiership. And at home, the Northerners love a good rolling maul. Mark Wilson is usually at the back of that, and we recommend a bet on him to score. Ryan Burrows is an interesting prospect at 8. The ex Yorkshire man is explosive with the ball. We recommend a bet on him to score.

Montpellier scored three first-half tries last weekend against Edinburgh. Ruan Pienaar was on form from the boot. The scrum-half will target the breakdown and if he sees a Falcons player out of place, he will snipe and make a break. We recommend a bet on him to score.

The visitors know exactly what to expect. It’ll be close, but we’re going for an away win. Newcastle played an out of sorts Toulon side last weekend. Now they play an in-form Montpellier with expectation. Backing that up is tricky. A Montpellier win is priced at 11/1.

Recommended Bet: Montpellier win at 1/1 with BetVictor – BET HERE