Connacht vs Glasgow
This match sees Connacht welcome Glasgow to Galway in the URC Matchday 9 encounter. The hosts are in 8th position with 20 points while the visitors are in 4th position with 26 points. Both teams are currently in the playoff spots but have played more games than the teams below them. Glasgow have not been great on the road this season losing two of their three away matches with victory over bottom placed Zebre their only away win. Connacht have a great home record with four wins in their five home matches.
TIP: They will be missing their playmaker Jack Carty that will have a major impact on their chances of winning this match. Glasgow looks to have most of their international players in their team so the advantage is certainly with them. An area that the Scottish team has an advantage is at scrum time. They have international props starting the match and even their replacement props are international players. The bookies have Connacht as favourites but I’m tipping Glasgow for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting 2.25, Playabets 2.33 and Sunbet 2.20
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Connacht vs Glasgow
- Glasgow have won four of the last five matches against Connacht.
- Connacht have lost three of their last four home matches against Glasgow.
- Connacht won the last meeting between these sides 28-24.
Latest results for both teams
Connacht lost their last match against Stade Francais 37-31 while Glasgow lost 38-30 to La Rochelle in their last match. .
Glasgow and Connacht play an exciting brand of rugby and love running the ball so there should be plenty of tries. The home team will try and avoid too many set pieces as Glasgow have the stronger scrum and lineout. The two players that have been brilliant for Glasgow this season are Sione Tuipulotu and Jack Dempsey. If these guys get enough good ball then the Warriors will win this contest. Connacht will look to returning Irish scrumhalf Kieran Marmion to guide the team around the park in the absence of Carty. The Scottish team will be too strong for their Irish opponents and will win this by 7 points.
- Probable Starting XVs
15 Tiernan O’Halloran, 14 Alex Wootton, 13 Tom Farrell, 12 Sammy Arnold, 11 Diarmuid Kilgallen, 10 Cathal Forde, 9 Kieran Marmion, 8 Paul Boyle, 7 Jarrad Butler (c), 6 Eoghan Masterson, 5 Leva Fifita, 4 Ultan Dillane, 3 Greg McGrath, 2 Dave Heffernan, 1 Jordan Duggan
15 Ollie Smith, 14 Sebastian Cancelliere, 13 Kyle Steyn, 12 Sione Tuipulotu, 11 Rufus McLean, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 George Horne, 8 Jack Dempsey, 7 Thomas Gordon, 6 Ryan Wilson (cc), 5 Richie Gray, 4 Kiran McDonald, 3 Enrique Pieretto, 2 Fraser Brown (cc), 1 Oli Kebble
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Glasgow victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Glasgow handicap :
The complete odds on the Glasgow handicap:
Worldsportsbetting (+2.5) 1.90
Sunbet (+2.5) 1.93
Playabets (+2.5) 1.87
Predictions and Odds in details
As always the forwards will need to lay the platform for the backs to score the tries. In this contest the Warriors forwards will dominate and it remains to be seen if Duncan Weir can link up the backline. His battle with new Connacht 10 Cathal Forde could decide this match. The experienced Weir will be targeting the youngster and this could be a torrid afternoon for Forde. There are great returns on the Glasgow upset win but if you looking for a safe bet then I suggest taking them on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (+2.5) 1.90, Sunbet (+2.5) 1.93 and Playabets (+2.5) 1.87
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