Round 4 sees all the same fixtures as Round 3, but with the Home and Away teams reversed. Last weekend’s results should be the ideal basis for this week’s predictions, but sadly, it isn’t always that simple.
Can Cardiff stop Toulouse?
Toulouse v Cardiff Blues
Toulouse were abysmal last week in Cardiff, and the match as a spectacle was pretty dire, so the question is how different will they be at the Stade Municipal in Toulouse?
The fact that they can’t really get any worse is influencing my view of the return fixture this week, and just a small improvement combined with home advantage should see the result go their way.
The battle between Jamie Roberts and Yanick Jauzion will hopefully live up to its billing this week, and I expect that Guy Noves will have given his Toulouse team a hellish week and they’ll come out firing.
My SportGuru prediction: Toulouse by 11
Leicester Tigers v Clermont Auvergne
The Tigers were simply outclassed in nearly every aspect of the game last weekend, and they’ll need to improve significantly if they are to trouble the visitors.
The cliche about French teams not travelling well comes to mind, and Welford Road is notoriously inhospitable, but Clermont appear to have too much quality and more determination than usual, and I’m backing them for the win.
Leicester don’t tend to roll over easily though, and if they do lose this game after leaving France with nothing last week, they’ll be on their way out of the competition before the knockout stages. Perhaps that fear will spur them on, but I think Clermont will dominate again.
My SportGuru prediction: Clermont Auvergne by 6
Perpignan v Munster
Munster sneaked a victory with a late kick from Ronan O’Gara, and the match was as close as they come. Home advantage should be a massive factor in Round 4 though, given that Perpignan have not lost at home for a year and a half.
Some have argued that the French side should have won at Thomond Park, and that the referee was too hard on them. It’s likely to be a different story at the Stade Aimé Giral, and the home side ought to take the points.
Munster will be eyeing a losing bonus point at the very least, and if they get close, Paul O’Connell could well lead them to victory. They’ll make life hard for the home side, but I’m still backing Perpignan to win this one.
My SportGuru prediction: Perpignan by 6
Let me know what you think? Which games will you be watching?