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Its definitely a full weekend of punting opportunities ahead for rugby punters as the Heineken Cup moves into the fifth round of fixtures.
This weekend’s action is the penultimate round of fixtures in the group stage and teams can make or break their qualification hopes in the next 80 minutes of action.
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Perhaps the game of the weekend comes in Pool Two as Leicester Tigers travel to Wales to face the Ospreys in a make or break fixture that could see the Tigers all but seal top spot and qualification to the knockout stages, or bring the top three in the group so close together they would be separated by just three points.
Due to kick-off on Sunday, the Pool Two clash is arguably the toughest match to call of the weekend with bookmakers pricing up the game to be a very close one.
The Tigers can be backed at 6/5 with Bet365 to leave with maximum points whilst the Welsh hosts are available at 8/11 with Paddy Power. Leicester’s price may have been a touch bigger had fly-half Toby Flood been suspended as many people had thought would happen. He was cleared of dangerous play for an alleged tip-tackle during a recent Premiership match with Worcester.
He is available to feature for Leicester and Cockerill has a full fit squad to boot.
The sides last met back in October and the Tigers were far too good for the Ospreys in an easy 39-22 victory. However, the Welsh side are a different proposition at the Liberty Stadium and are unbeaten there in this competition this season.
Among those victories was a 17-6 win over Toulouse and a repeat of that level of performance will surely be enough to justify their favourites tag.
Toulouse meanwhile host Treviso, who are still yet to register a victory in any of their four Pool Two games and the game is pretty much a formality in terms of the match winner. Toulouse need a win to maintain their stay in the Heineken Cup and the 1/100 on them beating Treviso are best ignored even if they are certain to win.
Better value comes in the Friday night game where Northampton Saints host Castres trying to keep their hopes of qualification alive. This is very much a must win fixture that could potentially lift them above Castres into second and position them as one of two best place runners up.
However, Saints have looked rather shaky in Europe this season and the 1/9 quotes for them to beat the French side are best ignored. Taking a chance on the gutsy Castres side around the 5/1 looks the play for this game, and Bet365 have reported money for the away side in the build-up to the game.
Also on Friday night, fellow pool four sides Ulster and Glasgow Warriors face off while Sale Sharks host Montpellier in pool six. Sale are already out of the competition, but Montpellier will be looking to place themselves with as many points as possible as a best runner up.
On Saturday, Harlequins are 1/50 with Ladbrokes to continue their unbeaten record in the competition against Connacht while Biarritz will be looking to seal second spot in pool three with a win over Zebre. They have been well backed to win by more than 16 points at 7/4.
In Pool One, Saracens have an intriguing clash with second place Racing Metro, with the loser likely to struggle to qualify as third place Munster, who are only one point behind Metro, are 1/100 shots to beat Edinburgh.
If the money is to be believed then Saracens look good things to win at 8/13 with William Hill.