rugby.generalChampions Cup Rugby betting preview and tips, Sunday 16th January courtesy of @Hollywoodbets

 

 

 

Leinster v Montpellier – Champions Cup Round 3

 

Four-time Champions Leinster should have a way too much firepower for Montpellier who were very poor against Exeter in Round 1. They since received a 5-point default win against today’s opponents which leaves them in the hunt but I can’t imagine them taking this match too seriously.

 

Patchy’s Pick

 

Again there is a large handicap expected due to the uncertainty around the French side’s commitment or intent in the competition. In general I like Montpellier as a side but if they send another weak side the handicap won’t be enough. It’s a no bet for me at the moment as there is no mention of Montpellier’s squad as yet.

 

Bordeaux v Scarlets – Champions Cup Round 3

 

The hosts were beaten 13-16 in their only match so far by Leicester in December, they’ll want to put things right here and have a great opportunity to do just that.

Scarlets have played one match since the late October and despite an encouraging win against Ospreys on New Year’s Day this will prove an immense challenge.

 

Patchy’s Pick

 

The handicap looks well priced for now and I’d be tempted to give Scarlets a shout at staying inside 15-points,mainly due the potential freshness of their squad at present.

 

 

Northampton v Ulster – Champions Cup Round 3

 

Just as you think the Saints are on a downward trajectory they manage to bounce back and did so in emphatic fashion away to Newcastle on Saturday. They only lost by 5 points in the reverse fixture in mid-December but I’m not convinced enough to prefer them here. Ulster lost a match they should have won last week and they are a much better side this season, especially on the road. The manner in which they dispatched Clermont in Round 1 was most impressive and if they manage to play in similar fashion, they should win this.

 

Patchy’s Pick

 

I thought I would see the hosts priced up as slight favourites and was wrong, instead Ulster are marginally preferred by the bookies. I don’t think there is any value therefore at the current odds, though I do think Ulster will do the business.

 

Clermont v Sale – Champions Cup Round 3

 

My second favourite French side Clermont were most disappointing against Ulster when losing at home despite missing a number of key players on that day. They have a potentially tricky assignment here as they play the Sale Sharks who once again allowed poor discipline to contribute to their loss at Bristol.

As I’ve mentioned Sale have the squad, but too many penalties and a common knack of butchering try scoring opportunities has got me scratching my head. It’s a game I expect Clermont to win well though and Sale perhaps concentrating on climbing the table into a potential playoff position in the Gallagher Premiership instead.

 

Patchy’s Pick

 

I was going to leave this game alone but as I see the handicap in single digits, it’s forced me to decide Clermont should be backed. Therefore Clermont minus 9.5 for a strong 3 Units is the call @ 17/20.

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