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Dan Mullan

Free rugby tips, best bets and analysis for Saturday’s European Champions Cup matches.

Bath v Leinster

Where to watch

BT Sports, 1:00 PM

Best guess

Leinster wins by 21 to 30 points
1pt 3-1 bet365

Match example

Leinster was not happy that their canceled second round match against Montpellier was settled by the organizers as a 28-0 defeat, and they dispelled their anger by beating the French side 89-7 last week.

The bad news for Bath’s Premiership underside is that the work is not done for the Irish side, who have yet to secure qualification and seal a high position in the last-16 draw.

Winless Bath have played tough away games against Leinster and La Rochelle in this tournament but hit 20 points in both, so while an upset seems unlikely they should at least avoid a hammer blow on the scale of last week’s Montpellier muster .


Leicester v Bordeaux

Where to watch

BT Sports, 3.15 p.m.

Best guess

Bordeaux +10
1pt Evs bet365

Match example

Bordeaux is nine points clear of the top 14 and finally brought their domestic form to Europe last week in a 45-10 home win over Scarlets.

This is a tougher test at Leicester, who defeated them 16-13 in the first round, but the Tigers rotated their team during the group stage and their three wins have come by one, three and six points.

Fly-half Mathieu Jalibert is injured for the visitors, but a double-digit handicap still seems worthwhile.


Scarlets vs Bristol

Where to watch

BT Sports, 5:30 p.m.

Match example

These two clubs played their first games of the tournament last week, and the chaotic nature of the qualifying picture is underlined by the fact that Bristol is already through, even though they have only won one win on the pitch.

Bristol are favorites on four points and both clubs have mentioned strong formations. It can be an entertaining high scoring clash and the points line may just be the best place to look for a bet when the prizes are available.


Ulster v Clermont

Where to watch

BT Sports, 5:30 p.m.

Best guess

Ulster wins by one to twelve points
1pt 6-4 Coral

Match example

Ulster is assured of a place in the last 16, while Clermont still has work to do and gets an eight point handicap start for this game in Belfast.

Clermont’s away record isn’t as bad as many other French teams and they were knocked out 18-13 on their last visit to Ulster in 2019, having since won at Premiership clubs Bath, Harlequins and Bristol.

Ulster have made just two changes from the side that won 24-20 at Northampton last week and can take another win on home soil.


Glasgow v La Rochelle

Where to watch

BT Sports, 8 p.m.

Best guess

La Rochelle
1pt 5-4 Betfair, Betfred

Match example

Bookmakers rate Glasgow as the smallest of the favorites for this clash against a side from La Rochelle already through to the last 16.

Glasgow has already secured a home win over Exeter who, like La Rochelle, base their game on a powerful peloton.

But the French side won at Scotstoun just over two years ago – a 12-7 success – and took away wins at Edinburgh and Gloucester last season, so it could be worth taking a chance.


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FIRST PUBLISHED 18:10, 21 JAN 2022

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