European Champions Cup - Rugby Spread Betting
European Rugby Champions Cup: Round 4 Preview
The Champions Cup returns this weekend and there are several exciting clashes between some of Europe's biggest teams to look forward to. The likes of Saracens, Toulouse, Racing 92, Leinster and Munster can guarantee their progress to the knockout stage of the competition with two games to spare if they secure victory. Teams like Bath, Exeter and Cardiff Blues are all facing up to elimination from the competition, but Glasgow, Edinburgh and Ulster are going great guns and will seek to maintain their strong form. It promises to be another exciting weekend in Europe's premier club rugby tournament.
Defending champions Leinster returned to winning ways with a scrappy victory over Bath at The Rec on Saturday. It was far from pretty, but the Irish side held firm in grim conditions to pick up a 17-10 win courtesy of Jordan Lamour's breakaway try. That followed a pulsating 28-27 defeat at the hands of Toulouse and they now look as though they could wrestle back control of Pool 1 from the French side. Next up Leinster host Bath in the reverse fixture in Dublin and they will be confident in their ability to pick up a strong win.
Toulouse and Leinster Looking Strong
Toulouse extended their 100% start to the competition with a 24-16 win away at Wasps on Saturday and they can inflict further misery on Dai Young's stuttering team next weekend. Leinster host Toulouse on 12th January and that game should decide who tops the pool ahead of the knockout stage of the competition. Wasps and Bath have bitten the dust, and another English side will join them on the scrapheap. Exeter may have won eight of their opening nine Premiership games, but they are seriously struggling in Europe.
The Chiefs lost 27-19 at home to Gloucester at the weekend and they now sit bottom of Pool 2 without a win to their name. They could give themselves a glimmer of hope by beating Gloucester at Kingsholm Stadium on Friday night, but still face a tricky away trip to Munster suggesting they're all but doomed. Munster thrashed Castres 30-5 on Sunday and they can look forward to a comfortable visit to Stade Pierre-Fabre next weekend.
Saracens Flying the Flag for England
Saracens are the only team representing the Premiership with any real confidence as they kept up their 100% start to the campaign by thumping Cardiff Blues 51-25. That impressive victory came despite missing several key players and they can now head to Cardiff full of buoyancy. Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh both picked up strong wins at the weekend and Scotland can be proud of its two teams as they both look capable of surging into the quarter-finals. The only other team with a 100% record is Racing 92, last year's losing finalists, who enjoy a comfortable lead over Ulster in Pool 4.
There are some huge games to look forward to in the fourth round and the beauty of these fixtures is that they give losing teams an immediate opportunity to gain revenge. All the same teams face one another, only the home team in round three becomes the away team in round four and vice versa. Edinburgh host Newcastle Falcons in another huge clash in Pool 5, while Racing 92 head to Leicester and Saracens travel to Cardiff.
Gloucester will try to advance their chances of reaching the quarter-finals with another victory over Exeter, while Ulster bid to bolster their points tally at home to Scarlets. Montpellier and Toulon lock horns in the south of France and the loser will find themselves out of the reckoning. It should prove to be another thrilling weekend, packed full of drama, intrigue and controversy.
Champions Cup Outright Index Betting
The various pools are starting to take shape and the European Rugby Champions Cup Outright Index is likely to prove popular in the days ahead. This allows you to speculate on the eventual winner of this season¿s Champions Cup and can really enhance the enjoyment of following each game.
Right now Leinster lead the way in this market as the defending champions and they boast a formidable collection of players to choose from.
Leinster are priced at 34-37 in this market. The team that wins the Champions Cup gets 60 points, the team that finishes runner-up gets 40 points, losing semi-finalists gets 20 points and losing quarter-finalists get 10 points. If you buy at 37 points you will hope Leinster win the tournament. If they pull it off, you would be 23 points over the buy price, meaning you earn 23 times your stake. A £5 stake would therefore earn you a £115 profit, However, if they fell at the semi-final stage, you would lose £85 as they would only accumulate 20 points (37 buy price - 20 points = 17 and 17 x £5 wagered = £85).
If you sell at 34, you will hope the Irish side endure a poor campaign and crash out early. If you were to stake £5 and they lose in the quarter-final, you would make a profit of £120 (34 sell price - 10 points = 24 and 24 x £5 wagered = £120). However, if they went on to finish runners-up you would lose £30 as they would be six points over the sell price.
You will find Outright Index prices on all the teams competing in the Champions Cup, including the likes of Saracens, Munster, Racing 92 and Toulouse. There are also a number of match betting options on offer for all the individual games in the fourth round of Champions Cup fixtures, so be sure to explore all the Rugby Spread Betting options available to you and get involved.
Please note: Spread Betting involves risk. Losses may exceed deposits.