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European Champions Cup Best Bets

Scarlets vs Ulster (Friday, 19:45 GMT)


Two sides in Conference B of the Pro 14 come together on Friday for what should be a very interesting match. The Scarlets sit at the bottom of Pool 4 in the Champions Cup after losing both of their opening two games in a disappointing start. Ulster on the other have have won once and lost once, seeing them onto four points, five short of Racing 92 at the top of the table. While form in the Champions Cup would suggest that Ulster may have the better of this one, the two actually met in the Pro 14 at Parc y Scarlets in a professional 29-12 win for the home team on November 23. While the Champions Cup is a very different competition to the Pro 14, these two know each other very well, and this makes us confident in backing the home team to make it two wins from two in front of their home fans against an Ulster side that they currently sit a place above in the league. 




Lyon vs Glasgow (Saturday, 13:00 GMT)


Lyon have struggled in the Champions Cup this season and, after two matches, they are yet to pick up a single point via a result or through any kind of bonus point. In the league, Lyon have looked fairly good, winning six of their 11 games, meaning they currently sit in fourth in the the Top 14, with 31 points. Opponents Glasgow arrive following a fairly good start in Europe this season which has seen the side win one of their two games, meaning they have five points and sit in second. While they have been hit and miss in Europe, they have been awesome in the league, something that will worry Lyon massively. Glasgow have won eight of their 10 games, scoring a massive 319 points and conceding just 199. This, along with nine bonus points, has seen Glasgow open up a seven point lead at the top over Munster, with the Scottish side looking in fantastic form this season. While Lyon will have their own fans behind them, their domestic form coupled with their European showings do not bode well for the side, and we feel that at odds-on, they are not worth the bet. Instead, we are recommending you back Glasgow to win this one, with the Scottish side offering good value, and looking in great form. 



*Odds correct at 14:46 GMT on 4/12/2018


Wasps vs Toulouse (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)


Wasps and Toulouse currently sit in polar-opposite positions in Group 1, but that does not mean the English side are out of the running, with just five points separating the away side from the home team. Toulouse have managed to pick up two wins by beating Leinster 28-27 in a gripping match which followed a very fortunate win over Bath in their first game, while Wasps were at least able to hit back from their 52-3 hammering at the hands of Leinster in match day one by drawing 35-35 with Bath. While Toulouse do sit at the top of the table, we feel that Wasps will give them a very tough examination as they look to get their first win in Europe this season under their belt. However, with eight wins in 11 in the French Top 14, we think Toulouse will have too much for their hosts, which offers better value than backing the home side., and it would also constitute their second win in England in juts two outings. 


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Premiership Rugby offers a vast array of markets to bet on and is one of the top leagues in the world, providing exciting action and shocking results on a regular basis. This means placing a bet on the competition can be very attractive, but with so many available bookmakers, who offers the best odds and services? 

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All of those questions, and more, are answered in our reviews that you can access HERE.

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European Champions Cup Outright Betting Market Explained

The rugby season is a long and arduous one, and nothing can be taken for granted. One side can make the play-offs one season, only to struggle in relegation mire the next, and this is what makes the Champions Cup so exciting.

There are not as many outright markets on offer as there are match betting markets, but the outright markets can offer good value, although betting here will require a lot of patience as they take the entire season to be completed, unless you placed a bet in the final few weeks of the competition.

Champions Cup Winner

This market allows the bettor to predict who they feel will be the overall winner in the competition that year. The Champions Cup pits the very best teams against each-other in an attempt to find the best team in Europe. English heavyweights such as Saracens and Exeter will look to outlast Ireland's Munster and Ulster, with Wales' Scarlets and Racing 92 and Toulon of France also in the running. Every side will want to displace last year's champions Leinster, who claimed the trophy with a gripping 15-12 win over Racing 92 in Bilbao. 

Champions Cup Top Try scorer 

In this market you are able to back the player you feel will finish the season with the most tries. The Champions Cup has no shortage of superb scoring talent, and with tries the order of the day when looking to rise to the top of the group and secure qualification for the knock-out stages of the tournament, betting on the top try scorer has never been more exciting. 

European Champions Cup Match Betting Markets Explained

Rugby Union, like most other sports, is very well covered in betting, with markets available for almost every facet of the game. This can often cause things to get confusing for the bettors, with those that are not experts in rugby potentially needing some help sifting through what each market means. 

Fortunately, we here at Bettingpro pride ourselves on our knowledge of cricket and, like football, rugby and many other sports, we offer a full guide to the available markets, and the best way to make the most out of them.

Match Winner

The simplest market in the game. Here, you simply back the side you feel will win the match, it is as easy as that. This market is best utilised when two teams are quite evenly-matched. If it is difficult to pick a winner from the two, such as in a match between Leinster and Saracens, then the odds on offer will hold more value, whereas backing Saracens against Lyon will see Lyon offer huge value, but only because Saracens will be the favourites.

Handicaps

This market is a way of backing a favourite in the game, but it can offer good value. Simply put, you back a team with a handicap of either minus points or plus points to win the game. For example, if you want to back Leinster to beat the Cardiff Blues, you can back them with a handicap of -9 points, which means that if Leinster win by 8 points or less, then your bet will lose, while if they win, for example, 25-10, then your bet will win. You can also back it the other way, and if you back the Cardiff Blues +9 and they lose 16-13, then your bet will still win because you backed the side with a handicap of +9. 

Half-Time/Full-Time

In this market, the bettor is able to back the team they feel will be ahead at half-time, and the team they feel will lead at full-time. This can prove very valuable if you correctly predict a minnow leading the favourite at half-time, only to then lead at full-time. It can also offer value if you back the underdog to lead at half-time and then full-time. 

Winning Margin

This market gives the punter the chance to back how many points they think a certain team will win by. Backing a side to win by 1-10 points, 11-20 points, 21-30 points and so on can offer very good value as the game of rugby is an exceptionally unpredictable one. If you are able to put money on the correct outcome, it can offer a good return.

Team To Score First

Here, the bettor chooses which side he feels will be the first on the scoreboard. Unlike football, which only has one way of scoring, rugby players can open the scoring via a try, a penalty or a drop goal, meaning that a side can be pushing for a try early on, only to decide to take the three points from a penalty. This market can be an unpredictable one, and backing the correct side to score first is not always easy. 

Highest Scoring Half

This market gives bettors the opportunity to back which half they feel will see the most points. The first weekend of the Champions Cup usually sees a more cagey first-half, which is then followed by a slightly more open second-half as the trailing side looks to ensure they do not fall to an opening day defeat. Therefore, backing a higher scoring second-half may be intelligent, although rugby is a game that can surprise, with the first-half seeing big scores only for the points to dry up in the second 40.

First Try Converted

Here, the bettor can predict whether the first try of the game will be converted or not. A conversion being nailed first time around is usually the option with shorter odds, but if a team is to score in the corner, then backing the side to not add the extras offers very good value. 

Sending Off In Match 

This market simply allows a bettor to predict whether there will be a sending off in a match. Rugby is a sport of extreme physicality, and often it can boil over, with cheap shots at the bottom of a ruck, late tackles or last second tries sometimes sparking mass brawls, which can then lead to cards being dished out, with the colour of those cards up to the discretion of the referee. 

European Champions Cup Winners since 2000

SeasonCountry of Winners WinnersScore In The FinalRunners-upVenue
2000-01EnglandLeicester Tigers34-30Stade FranciasParc des Princes, Paris
2001-02EnglandLeicester Tigers15-9MunsterMillennium Stadium, Cardiff
2002-03FranceToulouse22-17PerpignanLansdowne Road, Dublin
2003-04EnglandLondon Wasps27-20ToulouseTwickenham, London
2004-05FranceToulouse18-12Stade FrancaisMurrayfield, Edinburgh
2005-06IrelandMunster23-19BiarritzMillennium Stadium, Cardiff
2006-07EnglandLondon Wasps25-9LeicesterTwickenham, London
2007-08IrelandMunster16-13ToulouseMillennium Stadium, Cardiff
2008-09IrelandLeinster19-16Leicester TigersMurrayfield, Edinburgh 
2009-10FranceToulouse21-19BiarritzStade de France, Saint-Denis
2010-11IrelandLeinster33-22Northampton SaintsMillennium Stadium, Cardiff
2011-12IrelandLeinester42-14UlsterTwickenham, London
2012-13FranceToulon16-15ClermontAviva Stadium, Dublin
2013-14FranceToulon23-6SaracensMillennium Stadium, Cardiff
2014-15FranceToulon24-18ClermontTwickenham, London
2015-16EnglandSaracens21-9Racing 92Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon
2016-17EnglandSaracens28-17ClermontMurrayfield, Edingburgh
2017-18IrelandLeinester15-12Racing 92San Mames, Bilbao 
2018-19St James' Park, Newcastle

Leading Point Scorers

RankPlayer Club(s)Points
1Ronan O'Gara Munster1365
2Stephen JonesLlanelli, Clermont Auvergne, Scarlets869
3Dimitri YachviliBiarritz661
4Diego DominguezMilan, Stade Francias645
5David Humphreys Ulster564
6Neil JenkinsPontypridd, Cardiff, Celtic Warriors502
7David Skrela Colomiers, Stade Francais, Toulouse, Clermont Auvergne 500
8Dan Parks Glasgow Warriors, Cardiff Blues, Connacht 479
9Felipe ContepomiBristol, Leinster, Toulon 444
10Jean-Baptiste ElissaldeToulouse441

Leading Try Scorers

RankPlayerClub(s)Tries
1Chris AshtonNorthampton Saints, Saracens, Toulon39
2Vincent ClercToulouse36
3Brian O'DriscollLeinster33
4Dafydd James
Tommy Bowe
Pontypridd, Llanelli, Bridgend, Celtic Warriors, Harlequins, Scarlets
Ulster, Ospreys
29
=5Shane Horgan
Andrew Trimble
Leinster
Ulster
27
7Gordon D'ArcyLeinster26
=8Geordan Murphy  
Napolioni Nalaga

Leicester Tigers
Clermont Auvergne 
25
=10Ben Cohen
Michael Marfaing
Northampton Saints, Brive, Sale Sharks
Toulouse
24

Wins By Nations

RankNationWins Runners-up
1France814
2England85
3Ireland73
4Wales01

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