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European Champions Cup tips

October 16th, 2014

Harlequins v Castres (7.45pm Friday - BTSport2)

Harlequins are strong favourites to win their European Champions Cup opener against Castres on Friday and when you look at the way the French club has started the season it's easy to see why. Castres have lost all five of their away matches so far, taking some hefty beatings in the process, including last week's 59-7 thrashing at Bordeaux-Begles. It should be even tougher taking that form abroad and Quins look a solid bet at 10/11 to overcome an 11 point handicap.

RECOMMENDED BETS
MARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Harlequins (-11) Handicap
10/11 Paddy Power & William Hill
Paddy PowerWilliam Hill
£50 free bet £25 free bet

Leicester v Ulster (7.45pm Saturday - BTSport2)

Leicester were beaten home and away by Ulster in the pool stages of last year's Heineken Cup and after a difficult start to the season they'll find it tough to overcome the Irish side again at Welford Road. Last week's victory over Quins ended a three-match losing streak for the Tigers, while Ulster have begun well in the Pro12, losing only once in the first six. Take the visitors with a plus 4 start, for which Ladbrokes and Sky Bet are paying 10/11.

RECOMMENDED BETS
MARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Ulster (+4) Handicap
10/11 Ladbrokes & Sky Bet
LadbrokesSky Bet
£100 free bet
£20 free bet

Leinster v Wasps (5.15pm Sunday - BTSport2)

Wasps return to elite level European competition after a four year absence and face a daunting task at Leinster, who were quarter-finalists last season and also won the Pro12 for the fourth time. Three away defeats so far in the Premiership don't offer too much hope of a surprise win for the visitors, but they picked up bonus points against both Saracens and Quins and can keep this close. Betfred and Paddy Power are paying 10/11 on Wasps with a 12 point start.

RECOMMENDED BETS
MARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Wasps (+12) Handicap
10/11 Paddy Power & Betfred
Paddy PowerBetfred
£50 free bet £25 free bet

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