Heineken Champions Cup Predictions: Round 4

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Having seen all the same matches last week with the home side reversed, it means this week’s predictions should be easy – right?

There were green arrows for me after Round 4, and I’m hoping for more of the same this time. Here are my Heineken Champions Cup predictions for Round 4.

Gloucester v Exeter
It was an impressive victory for Gloucester at Sandy Park, and they’ll be keen to back that up at home, whilst two defeats in a row for Exeter could leave them short of confidence. They are also out of the running in Europe, whilst Gloucester are back in the hunt. Gloucester by 2

Ulster v Scarlets
I expected Scarlets to win in Llanelli last weekend, but having lost that one, I can’t see them reversing things at Ravenhill. Ulster by 7

Cardiff v Saracens
It was close to begin with before Saracens found another gear or two and pulled away to a comfortable finish. I suspect they’ll be able to win in Cardiff too. Saracens by 9

Glasgow v Lyon
A thumping win by 20 points for Glasgow in France means that they can’t possibly lose this one back at Scotstoun. Glasgow by 18

Toulouse v Wasps
It seems the French giants are contenders once again, top of a tough pool with two away wins under their belts already. They should win this one at home too with Wasps down and out. Toulouse by 13

Leinster v Bath
Bath gave a pretty good account of themselves against the defending champions at the Rec, and deserved their losing bonus point – but that’s not enough to keep them in contention, and playing at the RDS will be a lot harder. I suspect Leinster will be looking for four tries to keep pace with Toulouse at the top of the pool. Leinster by 23

Castres v Munster
Having lost by 25 points at Thomond Park, I don’t think they’ll be motivated enough to turn things around, even though it won’t be easy in France. Munster by 4

Leicester v Racing
It was a tighter game in Paris than I had anticipated, but they have now lost four in a row to Racing, and it would be safer to back another French win. But away from home, they remain unconvincing. Leicester by 2

Montpellier v Toulon
This is the tightest group, with Toulon winning the reverse fixture last weekend and Edinburgh beating Newcastle in the other match. The home team will win again this weekend. Montpellier by 9

Newcastle v Edinburgh
The Scots won comfortably at home last week, but they haven’t won an away match all season in any competition, so I’m leaning towards the Falcons here. Newcastle by 2

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5 thoughts on “Heineken Champions Cup Predictions: Round 4

  1. I understand your logic Hutch, but I can see Exeter winning at Kingsholm. Also Racing at Leicester.

    Glos and leicester seem to have issues with consistency (admittedly Leicester more than Gloucester).

    I think your score prediction is on the optimistic side for Wasps!

    Do Newcastle have any Tight-heads this week?

    1. You may have a point or two Blub. Exeter may be down & nearly out, but they’ll surely want to stop the temporary(?) rot. May well turn over Gloucs.

      Also, the Leinster score looks a bit large?

      1. Also, are Leicester really going to turn Racing over ? Agree again with Blub, that the Toulouse v Wasps game may be much tighter. If Wasps pull finger @ home, they might even turn Toulose over?

      2. Oops, Leinster score not too large after all! Bladder reckoned that they took a Bath becsuse they didn’t finish off numerous opportunities. Their ‘D’ was a bit shabby too I thought. Surely TB has been there long enough to have ironed out these issues by now. Going through the Teresa May experience of death by a 1000 cuts?!

    2. Blub – Exeter have an even worse injury crisis than we do, and I have to say that Glaws record at home is much better than away. However I did fear a backlash after last Saturday!


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