Leinster vs Bath
Leinster will be going all out to win the Champions Cup after their semifinal loss last season. They have a star studded line up that will be challenging for the title without a shadow of doubt. They are up against a Bath team who has lost nine matches in a row and this will not be the match that they end their win drought in. Leinster are still missing king pin Johnny Sexton but they have so many Irish internationals that Bath have almost no chance of winning this match. The best result for the visitors will be to keep the scoreline to a respectable level.
TIP: The Leinster pack is almost entirely the same players who played for Ireland recently. Their backline is also star studded and its difficult to see how the Bath players are going to stop the Irish team from running all over them. Bath don’t have the services of Danny Cipriani to call on and that makes their difficult task almost impossible. The bookies have Leinster as heavy favourites and I’m also tipping them for a huge victory. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting 1.01, Playabets 1.01 and Sunbet 1.01
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Leinster vs Bath
- In seven previous meetings, Leinster have won six and Bath one.
- Leinster have won all four matches at home.
- Baths only win came in the 2015 season, a 19-16 win.
Latest results for both teams
Leinster won their last match 47-19 against Connacht and Bath lost their last match 40-19 to Northampton Saints.
Leinster have a team with attacking threats from number 1 to 15 and even their props are great with ball in hand. The biggest danger for Bath will be the set pieces as Leinster score lots of tries of the set pieces. The home team have an all international front row and will dominate at scrum time but their biggest threat will be world class loose trio and last week they are impossible to stop when they got on a roll. Leinster will score an easy bonus point victory by more than 33 points.
- Probable Starting XVs
15 Hugo Keenan, 14 Jordan Larmour, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Ciarán Frawley, 11 James Lowe, 10 Ross Byrne, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 Caelan Doris, 7 Josh van der Flier, 6 Rhys Ruddock (c), 5 Ryan Baird, 4 Ross Molony, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Rónan Kelleher, 1 Andrew Porter
15 Tom de Glanville, 14 Semesa Rokoduguni, 13 Will Butt, 12 Max Ojomoh, 11 Will Muir, 10 Orlando Bailey, 9 Ben Spencer, 8 Josh Bayliss, 7 Richard de Carpentier, 6 Tom Ellis, 5 Charlie Ewels (c), 4 Josh McNally, 3 Will Stuart, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Lewis Boyce
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Leinster victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Leinster handicap victory :
The complete odds on the Leinster handicap victory:
Worldsportsbetting (-32.5) 1.90
Sunbet (-32.5) 1.88
Playabets (-32.5) 1.88
- Predictions and Odds in details
The man that Leinster will be most happy to have back is Jamison Gibson-Park as he is the lynch pin of the side in Sexton’s absence. The Leinster team will play a high tempo ball in hand style that the Bath team will not be able to contain. Bath will need their experienced players like Ben Spencer and Semesa Rokoduguni to step up and halt the Leinster juggernaut. This match will be one way traffic for the home team. There are no returns for punters on the Leinster outright victory therefore I suggest the home team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (-32.5) 1.90, Sunbet (-32.5) 1.88 and Playabets (-32.5) 1.88
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