Heineken Cup Betting Tips

Heineken-Cup-logo-1By Mark Rawlinsom

It’s the fourth round of pool matches in the Heineken Cup this weekend as the sides look to close in on qualification to the knockout stages.

Glasgow Warriors v Cardiff Blues (Friday)

In Pool 2 tonight, second placed Cardiff Blues visit Glasgow Warriors who are currently bottom of the group. Cardiff were surprise 29-20 winners last weekend when the sides met in the corresponding meeting.

Gregor Townsend has decided to make eight changes to that his Glasgow side, with Leone Nakarawa one of the beneficiaries of the alterations as he’s set to make his debut for the Blues this evening.

The visitors, who are currently ninth in the RaboDirect Pro 12 League, make just one change with Gareth Davies coming in at fly-half, whilst Daffyd Hewitt misses out through injury.

Glasgow, who are third in the Pro 12 League will be determined to make up for the upstaging last week and 1/6 favourites with Sportingbet. Bet 365 offer the best odds on a Cardiff win at 5/1.

This match is live on Sky Sports 3 tonight from 8pm. Also available via the Sky Sports red button this evening is the Pool 1 match between strugglers Ospreys and Castres, also from 8pm.

Leinster v Northampton Saints (Saturday)

The pick of the matches on Saturday comes from Pool 1 in a repeat of the 2011 final as three times Heineken Cup champions Leinster take on Northampton Saints.

Leinster ran riot in the return fixture last weekend, as they thrashed the Saints 40-7, with a hat-trick from Luke Fitzgerald the highlight of the match.

The Irish side, who have won all three of their European games so far this season, name an unchanged line-up from last week’s side with Sean O’Loughlin recovering from a dead leg.

Jim Mallinder makes three changes to his Northampton side with Salesi Ma’afu, Christian Day and Calum Clark all coming into the Saints’ starting XV.

Betfred, amongst others, provide the best odds of 1/6 on a Leinster win whilst SkyBet offer the best price on a Northampton win at 5/1.

This game is live on Sky Sports 2 from 6pm, following Toulon v Exeter Chiefs at 1:35pm and Perpignan v Munster at 3:40pm.

There are four other Heineken Cup matches on Saturday afternoon, all available via the Sky Sports red button.

Montpellier v Leicester Tigers (Sunday)

The highlight of Sunday’s Heineken Cup action is the visit of Premiership champions Leicester Tigers visit to French side Montpellier.

Leicester need a win to keep pace with Pool leaders Ulster after they eased past Italians Benneton Treviso 35-3 on Saturday afternoon and coach Richard Cockerill has made two changes from last week’s side with Niall Morris and Thomas Waldron coming into the starting XV.

The Tigers defeated Montpellier 41-32 in last weekend’s match and the best odds on a Leicester win this Sunday come from Stan James at 6/5. Montpellier are slight favourites, with Coral offering the best odds of Evens on them taking the win.

This match is live on Sky Sports 2 from 3pm, immediately after Harlequins v Racing Metro which kicks off at 12:45pm.

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