European Champions Cup predictions and rugby union advice: Chiefs can go home | Sports News

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Dan Mulan

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

Wasps against Toulouse

where to watch

BT Sport 2, 1 p.m. Saturday

Best bet

Wasps +8
1pt 10-11 bet365

Match preview

The Toulouse champions are said to have been aiming for a bonus points win in their second-round home clash with Wasps, which was called off and settled as a 0-0 draw, so they will be ready to make amends in the second leg at Coventry.

The French side have named a strong squad although live scrum-half Antoine Dupont is out as Wasps start to welcome back a few players from a long injury list.

Jacob Umaga is available again, lining up at fullback rather than flyhalf, and the hosts will be boosted by last week’s 16-13 success against Leicester.

Ospreys vs. Racing

where to watch

BT Sport 3, 3:15 p.m. Saturday

Best bet

Race to win by 11 to 20 points
1pt 12-5 bet365

Match preview

Races are the top seeds halfway through the group stage after claiming a 28-0 victory in their canceled home game against the Ospreys, and they take a star-studded backline to Liberty Stadium.

While many French teams are branded as laminated travellers, Racing continue to buck the trend. They won 45-14 at Northampton in the first round, beat Harlequins 49-7 last season, while the previous campaign included a 40-19 win at Ospreys, as well as a three-point loss to Saracens and a honorable draw at Munster.

The Ospreys can be tough fighters at home and have won victories over Cardiff, Munster and Ulster in the United Rugby Championship, all by single-digit margins, but this is a step up.

Connacht v Leicester

where to watch

BT Sport 2, 3:15 p.m. Saturday

Best bet

1pt 11-8 Hills

Match preview

Connacht blasted Stade Français in the first round before battling Leicester in a 29-23 defeat at Welford Road, and they are favorites to see the Tigers at home in Galway.

Leicester have been left frustrated by their 16-13 loss to Wasps, their first defeat of the season, and they could get back to basics in this clash.

Richard Wigglesworth starts at scrum-half and his tactical kicks will certainly play a big role as he looks to keep the hosts at bay. The Tigers can pick up another win.

Exeter v Glasgow

where to watch

BT Sport 2, 5:30 p.m. Saturday

Best bet

Exeter win by 1-12 points
1pt 13-8 Coral, Ladbrokes

Match preview

Exeter were stunned by Glasgow in the fog at Scotstoun before Christmas and they have a strong side in their quest for revenge at Sandy Park.

The Chiefs fought Quins all the way with 14 men last weekend before conceding a lost try two minutes from time, ending a three-game winning streak.

Six of Exeter’s seven Premiership wins this season have ended in ten points or less, and it could be another hard-fought success.

La Rochelle versus Bath

where to watch

BT Sport 3, 5:30 p.m. Saturday

Match preview

Bath finally secured their first win of the season on the table against Worcester last weekend, but they have worked hard against 14 men and face a huge test at La Rochelle.

The French are behind in the Top 14, but their last four home matches have produced winning scores of 25-3, 36-8, 26-3 and 39-6, and on average they concede less than eight points per game . at home.

That doesn’t bode well for a Bath attack that clearly lacks confidence, but a handicap of 30 points or more reflects that.

Bristol v Stade Francais

where to watch

BT Sport 2, 8 p.m. Saturday

Match preview

Bristol have seven points in the bag and are 1-16 down to take a big step towards qualifying for the knockout stage with a win over struggling Stade, which is a sad situation given they haven’t played again and that they have all been handed over. these points following cancellations.

Both teams are at the bottom of their domestic table and Stade have already shown they are not very interested in Europe after losing 36-9 at Connacht in the first round.

Bristol are 20-point favorites and have a decent squad – it can be fun but it’s far from an attractive betting heat.

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