Last weekend saw some brilliant rugby and a few unexpected results, leaving the SportGuru league tables in disarray. This week, there are some very difficult matches to predict, but here are the opinions of the 3,000-odd rugby supporters on SportGuru.
Friday night sees three tough matches, with the Dragons facing Glasgow Warriors, Sale taking on Cardiff and Perpignan hosting Northampton.
After Northampton’s magnificent display to win against Munster last weekend, and Perpignan’s surprise defeat to Benetton Treviso, it might be obvious which team to support. However, 62% of the community are expecting a win for the French side as they look to bounce back from that shock result in Italy. Home advantage is often crucial in European competition, and that may be swaying the general consensus in favour of Perpignan – the average overall prediction is Perpignan by 2 points.
Edinburgh v Ulster on Saturday is another fixture that has divided opinion, with 54% in favour of a win for Ulster. Their impressive victory over Bath last weekend has made them marginal favourites, although 44% of the community are expecting a home win. The average overall prediction is Ulster by 1.
The Ospreys drew at Welford Road last week, which is no mean feat, but the fact that they gave away a significant lead will have left them disappointed that they didn’t win. They welcome Clermont Auvergne this weekend, and despite the French side’s victory last week, 75% of the SportGuru population are backing the Welsh. Nevertheless, it’s expected to be a close affair, with the average overall prediction being Ospreys by 4.
Gwent Dragons v Glasgow Warriors: Gwent Dragons by 3
Sale Sharks v Cardiff Blues: Cardiff Blues by 1
Perpignan v Northampton Saints: Perpignan by 2
Viadana v Leicester Tigers: Leicester Tigers by 17
Munster v Benetton Treviso: Munster by 19
Biarritz v Gloucester Rugby: Biarritz by 7
London Irish v Scarlets: London Irish by 9
Edinburgh v Ulster: Ulster by 1
Brive v Leinster: Leinster by 6
Harlequins v Toulouse: Toulouse by 7
Ospreys v ASM Clermont Auvergne: Ospreys by 4
Bath v Stade Francais Paris: Stade Francais Paris by 4