Leinster vs Munster
Leinster plays host to Munster at the Aviva Stadium in this all Irish semi-final.The home side were ruthless in their 35-5 thrashing of a Springbok laden Sharks team in the quarterfinal. Munster had a much tougher match as they edged out 14 man Glasgow 14-5. The home side have been imperious in all competitions this season and the scary part is that they played a largely second string team in the previous match and won easily. Munster showed tremendous defence in their win and it remains to be seen if they can keep Leinster at bay for 80 minutes.
TIP: Leinster will probably recall their regular starters for this match although with the Champions Cup final a week away, they could yet surprise with their team selections. Munster on the other hand are in crisis mode with injuries, with at least four top players in serious doubt. Munster will need to show more attacking intent in this match as Leinster will not be beaten by any team that is ultra-defensive. The bookies have Leinster as favourites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.14, Gbets 1.12 and Hollywoodbets 1.14
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Leinster vs Munster
- Leinster have won the last four matches against Munster.
- Leinster have only lost once in their last 12 home matches against Munster.
Latest results for both teams
Leinster beat the Sharks 35-5 in their last match while Munster overcame the Glasgow Warriors 14-5 in their last match.
The biggest difference between Leinster and any other team in the URC is the incredible squad depth at the province. Whatever XV they put on the field, they are extremely difficult to beat and Munster will need to be at their best in every aspect if they are to test the home team. Leinster can be thankful to have an excellent replacement for Johnny Sexton in the form of Ross Byrne and he has been brilliant in controlling the game and linking his dangerous backline. Munster will be looking to the experience of players like Conor Murray and Peter O’Mahony to guide them around the park. We are predicting a Leinster win by 20 points.
Probable Starting XVs
15 Hugo Keenan, 14 Jordan Larmour, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Charlie Ngatai, 11 Jimmy O’Brien, 10 Ross Byrne, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Josh van der Flier, 6 Caelan Doris, 5 James Ryan (captain), 4 Ross Molony, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Dan Sheehan, 1 Andrew Porter.
15 Mike Haley, 14 Calvin Nash, 13 Antoine Frisch, 12 Malakai Fekitoa, 11 Shane Daly, 10 Jack Crowley, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Gavin Coombes, 7 Peter O’Mahony (Captain), 6 Tadhg Beirne, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Stephen Archer, 2 Diarmuid Barron, 1 Jeremy Loughman
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Leinster victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Leinster handicap:
The complete odds on the Leinster handicap:
Betway 1.90 (-15.5)
Gbets 1.88 (-15.5)
Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-15.5)
Predictions and Odds in details
There are poor returns on the Leinster outright win but if you looking for better odds then we suggest the home team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (-15.5), Gbets 1.88 (-15.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-15.5)
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