Heineken Cup Betting Tips

Heineken-Cup-logo-1By Mark Rawlinson

The Heineken Cup returns for the second set of games over the weekend with plenty of action taking place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Saracens v Toulouse (Friday)

A Heineken Cup record crowd of almost 50,000 is expected to be out in force at Wembley Stadium on Friday night to watch a tantalising clash between Saracens and Toulouse.

Aviva Premiership table-toppers began their Heineken Cup campaign off with a close 23-17 win over Irish side Connacht last weekend and know that tonight’s game will be even tougher.

Saracens boss Mark McCall has made four changes to his squad for the match with Jacques Burger, Alistair Hargreaves, Richard Wigglesworth and Duncan Taylor all coming into the starting XV.

Toulouse are currently third in the Top 14 and began their campaign with a storming 38-5 victory over Italian side Zebre last Friday.

With home advantage, Saracens are favourites with the bookies heading into the game with Ladbrokes, amongst others, offering odds of 8/15. Paddy Power offer the best price on a Toulouse win at 15/8.

The game is live on Sky Sports 2 from 7:45pm tonight. Also available on the sky red button is Pool 5 between Leicester Tigers and Italian side Benetton Treviso.

Cardiff Blues v Toulon (Saturday)

The pick of the games on Saturday afternoon is the Pool 2 clash between Cardiff Blues and defending champions Toulon.

The Blues have got off to a disappointing start in the RaboDirect Pro 12 league and currently lie seventh, whilst their Heineken Cup campaign also started off on the wrong lines with a 44-29 defeat by Exeter Chiefs on Sunday.

Cardiff have made a few changes to their side for the match, with Robin Copeland, Scott Andrews, Owen Williams and Rory Watts-Jones all coming in.

French table-toppers Toulon started the defence of their title with an entertaining 51-28 victory over Glasgow last time out.

And they are favourites for this one, with Coral providing the best odds of 1/4. A number of websites, including Ladbrokes, offer odds of 7/2 on a Cardiff win.

The game is live on Sky Sports 2 from 1:35pm and is followed by Leinster v Castres at 3:40pm and then Munster v Gloucester at 6pm.

Other matches taking place on Saturday, which can all be viewed via the red button, include Zebre v Connacht, Montpellier v Munster and Llanelli Scarlets v Racing Metro.

Northampton Saints v Ospreys (Sunday)

Second placed Aviva Premiership side Northampton will be aiming to make amends for their opening day defeat to Castres Olympique, with a win over Ospreys on Sunday.

The Ospreys also lost their opening match in Pool 1, being defeated by fellow RaboDirect Pro 12 side Leinster. They will however be without the services of lock Ian Evans for the game who misses out with an Achilles issue whilst winger Ben John is also out due to a groin problem.

Northampton are favourites going into the match with Paddy Power offering the best price at 2/7. The best odds on a Ospreys win come from William Hill at 10/3.

The game is live on Sky Sports 2 from 12:45pm, with the Clermont Auvergne v Harlequins game following at 3pm.

To see a full list of odds on this weekend’s Heineken Cup action, click HERE.

You can also claim free bets with Ladbrokes by clicking HERE.