Heineken Champions Cup Predictions: Round 3

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I’ve had a tough time with predictions for the Champions Cup so far, sitting in the bottom half of The Rugby Blog pool on Superbru, but it’s time to turn things around.

Here are my Heineken Champions Cup predictions for Round 3 this weekend.

Edinburgh v Newcastle
The Falcons are bottom of the Premiership, but somehow top of their European pool containing Montpellier and Toulon (and Edinburgh). The Scots have won all of their home games so far this year, so I’m picking them to win this one too. Edinburgh by 7

Scarlets v Ulster
The teams are level on points in the Pro 14, and the home team usually wins this fixture. I know the Champions Cup is different, but Ulster have not won in Llanelli since 2012. Scarlets by 4

Lyon v Glasgow
Lyon are pointless at the bottom of Pool 3, and although they are tough to beat at home, I suspect they will have given up on Europe this season. Glasgow by 6

Exeter v Gloucester
The Chiefs are struggling in Europe and go into crucial back-to-back matches with Gloucester having lost their first Premiership game of the season last week. I still think they’ll be too good for Gloucester at Sandy Park. Exeter by 7

Bath v Leinster
Having lost in France last time out, the defending champions can’t really afford another slip-up. They’ve been in ominous form in the Pro 14, with 8 wins in a row including two 40-point drubbings in the last fortnight. Meanwhile, Bath struggled to 7-7 draw with Sale at the Rec last week. Leinster by 9

Toulon v Montpellier
A quick glance at the historic results on Superbru shows that the home team always wins this fixture, as it usually does in the Top 14. Toulon by 5

Wasps v Toulouse
A win over Leinster in the last round has put Toulouse at the top of a tough pool. They were lucky to win in Bath though, and never pick the French to win away. Wasps by 3

Saracens v Cardiff
I can’t see the Blues winning at Sarries, particularly given that their away form has been dreadful this season, and hardly anyone wins in Barnet. Saracens by 16

Munster v Castres
These two teams shared a pool last season as well, with a draw in France and Munster winning by 45 points in Ireland. I think Munster will win this too. Munster by 13

Racing v Leicester
These teams are often in the same European pool, and it’s the French side that have the better record. And on the basis of the Tigers’ capitulation in Bristol last week, there’s no chance of going to Paris and winning. Racing by 16

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2 thoughts on “Heineken Champions Cup Predictions: Round 3

  1. Can’t argue with many of those.

    I fear the margin may be somewhat bigger than that at the Rec tomorrow, Leinster do appear to be in some rich form at the moment and the less said about that two hours of my life I lost last Sunday the better, it comes to something when the match highlight is the BT sport team taking the p#@? when the power cut managed to cut off Austin Healey for a period of time!

    Also, apparently Falcons have a really big issue with tighthead injuries and may have to play some or possibly even all the game with only 14 men and uncontested scrums, which presumably will make Edinburgh’s job a bit easier…

  2. Tough weekend in prospect for the English clubs.
    Tigers and Bath have the most demanding assignments up against real top level Euro opponents. Wasps look very vulnerable to me, and Newcastle are putting out a weakened side. Any win among these games would be a very good effort.
    Saracens should win and I take Exeter to win the all English tie.


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