Munster vs Ulster
This is the pick of the matches in this round of the URC as Munster welcome Ulster to Thomond Park. Munster are in 7th spot with 20 points while Ulster are in third place with 27 points although they have played an extra match. The home team will be very disappointed at how they lost their last match 10-8 to Connacht. They refused to play any rugby and just continued to kick away possession and if they do the same in this match then they will come out losers again. Ulster last played three weeks ago and will be hoping there is no rustiness in their game.
TIP: Munster still don’t have many of their star players back so they have included a few Academy players so this is a great opportunity for Ulster to win away from home. Munster will look to players like Peter O’Mahony and Simon Zebo to guide the younger players around the field. Ulster will target the Munster pack as they have many inexperienced players. If the young Munster players can stand up in the forwards battle, then the home team will win. The bookies have Munster as favourites and I also tip them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting 1.83, Playabets 1.69 and Sunbet 1.67
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Munster vs Ulster
- In the last five matches between these sides Ulster have won three while Munster have won two.
- The home side has won the last five matches.
- Munster last lost at home to Ulster in 2014.
Latest results for both teams
Munster lost 10-8 to Connacht in their last match while Ulster beat Northampton 27-22 in their last match.
The player that is a stand out in the Ulster team is World Cup winner Duane Vermeulen and he has looked right at home since joining Ulster. His battle with opposite number Gavin Coombes already looks like the highlight of the match. Another great battle will see form centre James Hume take on a strong Munster midfield combination of Chris Farrell and Rory Scannell. Hume has been brilliant this season and if he can get over the advantage line with his carries then Ulster could be on their way to victory. The desperation of Munster to get the win will see them to victory by 5 points.
- Probable Starting XVs
15 Mike Haley, 14 Seán French, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Rory Scannell, 11 Simon Zebo, 10 Jack Crowley, 9 Craig Casey, 8 Gavin Coombes, 7 John Hodnett, 6 Peter O’Mahony (c), 5 Fineen Wycherley, 4 Thomas Ahern, 3 Stephen Archer, 2 Niall Scannell, 1 Dave Kilcoyne
15 Mike Lowry, 14 Craig Gilroy, 13 Ben Moxham, 12 James Hume, 11 Ethan McIlroy, 10 Billy Burns, 9 John Cooney, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Nick Timoney, 6 Greg Jones, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Alan O’Connor (c), 3 Tom O’Toole, 2 Rob Herring, 1 Jack McGrath
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Munster victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Munster handicap :
The complete odds on the Munster handicap:
Worldsportsbetting (-1.5) 1.90
Sunbet (-1.5) 1.82
Playabets (-1.5) 1.84
Predictions and Odds in details
Munster received lots of criticism for their display in the last match and I’m certain we will see them adopt a new approach in this match. They need to use thе ball more and stop kicking away possession all the time. Ulster won’t mind if they keep kicking as they have great counter attackers in their team. I’m expecting a backlash from the Munster team and they will win this for their fans. There are decent returns on the Munster win but I suggest taking them on the handicap for better odds. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (-1.5) 1.90, Sunbet (-1.5) 1.82 and Playabets (-1.5) 1.84
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