Heineken Cup Final Betting Tips
The bumper weekend of sport also has an offering from rugby union, with the final of the Heineken Cup as Saracens meet French giants Toulon in Cardiff.
The final is a repeat of last season’s semi-final, a tense game involving no tries, but Saracens’ poorer discipline was the key difference, with Jonny Wilkinson all seven of his penalties to give the French side a 24-12 win.
That game will have been quickly erased from the memory banks as Toulon went onto clinch their first Heineken Cup win thanks to a 16-15 win over Clermont, with Wilkinson once again kicking 100%.
Saturday will be an emotional day for the Englishman – it’s his last match before retirement and how he would love to finish his career with one final trophy. It would be some exit from what has been a remarkable journey.
Making his debut for England at the age of 18, he went onto scoop a Premiership trophy with Newcastle Falcons and four Six Nations with England but the greatest moment in his career, who could forget, was that drop kick that sealed the World Cup for England in 2003. That is the moment everyone will remember him for.
Toulon come into this match with five straight wins, most recently a 16-6 win over Racing Metro in the Top 14 semi-finals. Like Saracens, they have one more match to look forward to after Saturday, with the Top 14 final against Castres but minds will be set on getting the job done at the Millennium stadium first.
BET OF THE DAY: In terms of betting, the French side are considerable favourites with the bookies, with William Hill offering the best price of 8/11.
Saracens are still sweating on the fitness of captain Steve Borthwick who went off during last Saturday’s win over Harlequins with a chest injury, although he has returned to light training.
They come into this match with seven wins from their last eight games, including their 48-6 domination of last year’s beaten finalists, Clermont, in the semis.
Saracens have never won the Heineken Cup, in fact this is the first time they’ve reached the final, and they’ll need key players such as Chris Ashton, Alex Goode and Owen Farrell to be at the pinnacle of their game if they’re to cause an upset on Saturday.
Bet 365 currently offer the best value on the Aviva Premiership table toppers winning the final at 13/10.
Catch the match live from 5pm on Sky Sports 2 on evening.
Amlin Challenge Cup Final Betting Tips
Before the big one on Saturday, Bath take on Northampton Saints in the Amlin Challenge Cup final, the secondary European rugby competition.
Northampton must shake off the disappointment of their late defeat to Leicester Tigers in the Premiership semi-finals last Friday as their hunt for silverware continues.
They are without the suspended Salesi Ma’afu following an altercation in that match, whilst Tom Mercey, Lee Dickson and Ken Pisi all come in, with Alex Corbisiero making his first appearance since October.
Winners of this tournament in 2008, Bath bring George Ford and Francois Louw whilst full-back Nick Abendanon makes his last appearance for the club before joining Clermont Auvergne in the summer.
The game is live on Sky Sports 1 from 8pm on Friday evening.
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