20-01-2024 Daily Predictions European Champions Cup Harlequins Vs Ulster

Harlequins vs Ulster

 In one of the clashes of the round, Harlequins welcome Ulster to the Stoop for this Champions Cup encounter. The home team are assured of their place in the knockout round but will want a bonus win that could give them home ground advantage in the round of 16. The visitors on the other hand are fighting for their survival as they desperately seek a win. Anything other than a victory will see them relying on Racing 92 losing at home to Cardiff which is almost impossible. Ulster will be banking on their excellent record against Ulster, having won all six of the previous encounters.

TIP: These teams come into this match with contrasting results as Ulster were blown away at home 48-24 by French giants Toulouse in their last match. Ulster were super impressive as they recorded a crushing 54-15 away win against Cardiff. We should not expect too many changes in the home teams XV while the visitors will be looking to bring in some fresh new faces for this match. The bookies have Harlequins as favorites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.28, Gbets 1.30 and Hollywoodbets 1.31

HEAD-TO-HEAD STATS

Harlequins vs Ulster

  • Ulster have won the previous six matches between the sides.

Latest results for both teams

Harlequins beat Cardiff 54-15 in their last match while Ulster lost 48-24 in their last match.

PREDICTION

There will be a number of interesting individual match ups but none more mouthwatering than Marcus Smith against opposite number Billy Burns. Both players are catalysts for their teams with the winner of this contest likely to see their team to victory. Harlequins love throwing the ball around while UIster are more conservative and rely more on their set pieces to get them pants. The visitors do possess one of the deadliest rolling mauls in the competition and if Harlequins can defend the maul, they will win this match.The superior halfback pairing of Harlequins will see them to a tight victory. I am predicting a home win by 7 points.

Probable Starting XVs

Harlequins

15 Tyrone Green, 14 Nick David, 13 Oscar Beard, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Cameron Anderson, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Danny Care, 8 Alex Dombrandt (captain), 7 Will Evans, 6 James Chisholm, 5 George Hammond, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Will Collier, 2 Jack Walker, 1 Fin Baxter.

Ulster

15 Mike Lowry, 14 Robert Baloucoune, 13 James Hume, 12 Stuart McCloskey, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Billy Burns, 9 John Cooney, 8 Nick Timoney, 7 Sean Reffell, 6 Dave Ewers, 5 Iain Henderson (captain), 4 Kieran Treadwell, 3 Tom O’Toole, 2 Tom Stewart, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Odds for this bet

The best odds on the Harlequins victory are as follows:

Betway 1.28

Gbets 1.30

Hollywoodbets 1.31

Odds comparison on the Ulster handicap:

The complete odds on the Ulster handicap:

Betway 1.90 (+8.5)

Gbets 1.87 (+8.5)

Hollywoodbets 1.89 (+8.5)

Predictions and Odds in details

There are poor odds on the Harlequins outright win therefore we suggest backing the away team on the handicap for better odds. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (+8.5), Gbets 1.87 (+8.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (+8.5)

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