Munster vs Leinster
It’s a Boxing Day cracker at Thomond Park as Munster take on Leinster in this URC encounter. The home side have been besieged with injuries while the visitors are also missing some key personnel. Munster have had a torrid two weeks in Europe and remain winless after two rounds of the Champions Cup although their URC form has been slightly better as they occupy sixth position with 23 points. Leinster have no such problems and are on an eight-match winning streak across all competitions. They are currently second on the log with a win returning them to the top of the table.
TIP: Munster will be delighted to have the likes of Simon Zebo and Edwin Edogbo back for this match while Leinster have recalled experienced players like Jack Conan and Max Deegan. The visitors certainly have the more experienced pack but the home team seem to have the better backline. The best chance Munster have of upsetting Leinster will be to keep ball in hand and attack them out wide. The bookies have Leinster as favorites but I’m tipping Munster for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 3.10, Gbets 3.10 and Hollywoodbets 3.08
Munster vs Leinster
- Leinster have won five of the last six matches between the sides.
- Munster have lost their last four home matches against Leinster.
Latest results for both teams
Munster lost 32-24 to Exeter Chiefs in their last match while Leinster beat Sale Sharks 37-27 in their last match.
Munster will be looking to their halfback pairing of Jack Crowley and Craig Casey to fire up their impressive backline as this will be their best chance of upsetting the visitors. The one weakness in the Leinster team seems to be in the 10-12 axis of Harry Byrne and Ciaran Frawley. The youngsters have not played much together and the defending champions will no doubt have identified this as an area they will want to attack. The Munster pack will need to at least find parity if they are to allow a decent platform for their backs to attack from. I am predicting a home win by 6 points in this match.
Probable Starting XVs
15 Simon Zebo, 14 Calvin Nash, 13 Antoine Frisch, 12 Alex Nankivell, 11 Shane Daly, 10 Jack Crowley, 9 Craig Casey, 8 Jack O’Donoghue, 7 John Hodnett, 6 Tom Ahern, 5 Gavin Coombes, 4 Edwin Edogbo, 3 Oli Jager, 2 Diarmuid Barron (c), 1 Dave Kilcoyne
15 Hugo Keenan, 14 Jordan Larmour, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Ciaran Frawley, 11 Rob Russell, 10 Harry Byrne, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 Jack Conan, 7 Scott Penny, 6 Max Deegan, 5 Joe McCarthy, 4 Ross Molony, 3 Michael Ala’alatoa, 2 Ronan Kelleher, 1 Andrew Porter
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:
Betway 1.90 (+4.5)
Gbets 1.87 (+4.5)
Hollywoodbets 1.89 (+4.5)
Predictions and Odds in details
There are great odds on the Munster upset win but if you looking for a safety bet, then we suggest the home team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (+4.5), Gbets 1.87 (+4.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (+4.5)
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