The Heineken Cup returns for the final two sets of pool stage matches over the next couple of weeks and it’ll be make or break for those sides challenging for the qualification spots for the knockout phase.
Ulster v Montpellier (Friday)
The TV game on Friday night sees Pool 5 table-toppers hoping to rubber-stamp their progress into the quarter-finals as they face third placed Montpellier.
Ulster are the only side to have recorded four wins from four in Europe this season and they defeated today’s opponents 25-8 the last time they met back in October.
Ulster also defeated RaboDirect Pro 12 leaders Munster last weekend and go into this match with six wins from their last seven games. Mark Anscombe’s side are also boosted by the returns of both Rory Best and Johann Muller.
Visitors Montpellier are almost certain not to qualify having recorded just one win in Pool 5 so far and with that in mind coach Fabien Galthié has decided to leave a number of key players back in France.
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You can watch this game live on Sky Sports 2 from 8pm, with Racing Metro v Llanelli Scarlets from Pool 4 available via the Sky Sports red button.
Harlequins v Clermont Auvergne
There’s a key fixture in Pool 4 as second place Harlequins take on current table-toppers Clermont Auvergne.
A win for the Quins is vital if they want to secure top spot by the end of next weekend as a win could bridge the four point gap between themselves and the French side.
Nick Kennedy will finally make his debut for the hosts after missing the first half of the season with a knee injury. Ugo Monye and Danny Care return to the backs.
Clermont were victorious 23-16 in the last meeting between the sides and they’re currently riding high at the summit of Top 14.
Catch this one live on Sky Sports 2 from 1:35pm.
Also live on this channel are Toulon v Cardiff Blues from 3:40pm and then Gloucester face Munster from 6pm.
Toulouse v Saracens (Sunday)
There’s another important fixture on Sunday afternoon as the top two from Pool 3 go toe-to-toe at Stade Ernest-Wallon.
Both sides are locked together on 15 points with Toulouse’s narrowest of 17-16 victories the last time they met putting the French side at the summit.
Saracens coach Mark McCall makes just one change from last weekend’s squad the beat Gloucester with American Chris Wyles replacing Marcelo Bosch.
Watch this one live from 3pm on Sky Sports 2, immediately after Ospreys v Northampton which kicks-off at 12:45pm.
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