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The final round of Heineken Cup matches is providing plenty of interest from punting circles as a whole host of big European teams fight for their place in the knockout stages of the prestigious tournament.
Perhaps the standout tie involves European giants Leicester and Toulouse in Pool Two on Sunday as the winner of the game will guarantee their place in the knockout stages with the loser heading out of the competition.
Leicester’s home advantage seems to have given them the edge in the markets.
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The Tigers have been installed as 8/11 favourites with Bet365, whilst the visitors are 11/8 to leave Welford Road with maximum points.
The Tigers put in a legendary comeback to draw 17-17 with Ospreys last time out just to keep themselves in the tournament. The Welsh side were leading 10-3 at the interval following Joe Bearman’s try after half-an-hour and Daniel Biggar’s two successful kicks.
But a second half resurgence saw Ben Youngs and wing Niall Morris go over within seven minutes and Leicester earn s sensational draw.
The mood around the club has been very positive all week following that comeback and the likes of Youngs and Morris could be the difference between the sides. Punters taking the 8/11 should be collecting come the end of the match.
However, Toulouse beat Leicester in the first round of games back in October and looked to be on course for a perfect route to the knockout stages. But they were beaten by the Ospreys before recovering against Mont de Marsan last week.
French internationals Thierry Dusautoir, Yannick Nyanga and Louis Picamoles all are fit for this weekend’s clash and all will need to have a huge game in order to trouble the strong Tigers front-row.
Ospreys are officially out of the competition so they play a meaningless pool two tie against Benetton Treviso in Italy on Sunday and are 1/5 with Ladbrokes to beat the minnows.
The same situation as the Leicester/Toulouse saga plays itself out in France in Pool Three as Racing Metro play Munster and the winner will claim a candidacy for a place in the knockout stages.
Munster however need to secure a bonus point victory to at Thomond Park to guarantee their place in the last 16. They are currently second behind Saracens in the Pool and have a decent record at this stage of the competition – something that punters have latched onto. Munster have won their round six tie for the past five seasons.
Their only defeat in this round since 2002 was 6-13 at home to Leicester Tigers in January 2007. It is for this reason that the Irish side have been popular in the betting markets at 1/8 with Bet365. Also playing that day are Saracens who simply need to beat lowly Edinburgh at Vicarage Road to claim top of the group.
In pool four, Castres need to beat top side Ulster to stand a chance of finishing as a best runner-up but Ulster themselves need to win to avoid being dragged off the summit of the group by Northampton saints – who play lowly Glasgow Warriors in Scotland.
The money has been plunging on Northampton in that Pool, who look to stand a decent chance of landing punters money at 2/5 with Bet365.
In pool five, Clermont Auvergne are already through so their match with the Scarlets is irrelevant, but Leinster must beat Exeter to place themselves as one of the best runners-up.
The three-time Heineken Cup winners need all the points on offer to qualify and with Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll back in the side, they should be able to beat their weakened opponents with ease. Keeping an eye on the prices for a Leinster handicap win could be a good play.