Round 1 was pretty successful, despite Northampton being robbed by Ronan O’Gara at Thomond Park, but let’s see if we can back it up this week.
There are a few tough picks this weekend, particularly Biarritz v Sarries and Gloucester v Quins on Saturday.
I’m backing the English champions to get a win in Biarritz, even though it’s notoriously difficult to come away with many points. Sarries’ form has been excellent in the Premiership, and they were the only side to pick up a try bonus point last weekend – it will be a stern test, but they’ve come through several and I think they’ll do it again.
As for Gloucester, a home win would have been the straightforward prediction had they not lost their unbeaten home record recently, and had they not been facing the unbeaten Harlequins. Going slightly against the majority, I’m still backing the cherry and whites to win at Kingsholm and end the Londoners’ winning streak. Whatever happens, that should be a cracker.
In the other games, I’m predicting home wins for Cardiff and Edinburgh tonight in their challenging fixtures, but I’m going with away wins for Munster and Toulouse in Castres and Connacht respectively.
I hovered over the Connacht prediction and an upset there wouldn’t surprise me too much, given the wishy-washy away form of French sides, but a Toulouse win was the safer pick.
Here are my Heineken Cup predictions for Round 2:
Cardiff Blues v London Irish: Cardiff Blues by 8
Edinburgh v Racing Metro 92: Edinburgh by 7
Northampton Saints v Scarlets: Northampton Saints by 13
ASM Clermont Auvergne v Aironi Rugby: ASM Clermont Auvergne by 18
Benetton Treviso v Ospreys: Ospreys by 13
Biarritz v Saracens: Saracens by 7
Gloucester Rugby v Harlequins: Gloucester Rugby by 6
Castres Olympique v Munster: Munster by 5
Connacht Rugby v Toulouse: Toulouse by 5
Leicester Tigers v Ulster: Leicester Tigers by 13
Leinster v Glasgow Warriors: Leinster by 6
Bath v Montpellier: Bath by 5