2017-01-06 by Liam Del Carme
Saracens v Exeter Chiefs
Saracens have lost just one of their last eight games and they are unbeaten at home since Northampton beat them in March last year.
Exeter too have lost just one of their last eight clashes. They recorded a marvellous come from behind away win over Bath last weekend.
This should be a close contest but it is important to note that Saracens have won their last four clashes against Exeter including last season's Premiership final.
Racing 92 v Munster
This match was postponed from earlier this season following the shock death of Munster coach Anthony Foley. Racing has just one win from their last four clashes. Munster have shown immense resolve since Foley's passing with seven wins from their last eight matches.
If Munster can continue to channel their emotions they will will this one too.
La Rochelle v Castres
La Rochelle has proved to be one of the surprise teams in the Top14. They are up to second in the points table despite the fact that they have few star players. They do however have some experienced campaigners in Ricky Januarie, Brock James, Victor Vito, Cobus Grobler and Jason Eaton. La Rochelle are on a three-match unbeaten run.
Castres will be tough opponents. They have won seven of their last 10 matches. However, two of those defeats came in their last four matches.
Glasgow Warriors v Cardiff Blues
The Warriors have surprised many this season. They have won four of their last five matches. Their form before that however was patchy.
The Blues have been wholly unconvincing this season. They won two of their last five matches. They have won just three matches from their last 10.
London Wasps v Leicester Tigers
Wasps have lost just one of their last six matches and have won their last 18 matches at home in all competitions. The Tigers have won only one match in their last four clashes. In that time they scored just two tries while conceding 10.
That led to director of coaching Richard Cockerill to be fired this week. The long standing coaching supremo will be replaced by Aaron Mauger whose finer qualities may resonate with more in and around the club.
Wasps will start favourites, especially when you consider they won away from home at the Tigers earlier this season.