2018-12-10 by Liam Del Carme
Cardiff Blues v Saracens
Cardiff Blues’ recent record betrays their limitations. They’ve won just once in their last six matches and that win came at home against lowly Zebre.
Saracens’ form by contrast, could not be better. They are still unbeaten in the Premiership and their form in Europe isn’t bad either.
Saracens put 50 points on the Blues on Sunday and they should win by at least 15 points in Cardiff.
Glasgow Warriors v Lyon
The Warriors’ stock continues to rise after another commanding performance away from home. They put Lyon to the sword in a 42-22 beating of the Top 14 side last weekend and if the weather allows they have every prospect of winning by a greater margin this weekend. Still, even in atrocious conditions the Warriors could win by 17 or more.
Toulouse v Wasps
Toulouse continues to set the pace in their pool that contains four former Champions’ Cup champions. They will approach this match much emboldened after out muscling Wasps in Coventry. Toulouse are on a eight-match winning streak and the bad news for Wasps is the French side has lost only once at home this season.Toulouse will win this and should do so by at least a dozen points.
Castres v Munster
Castres’s form has been extremely patchy. Their win one, lost one sequence must be infuriating their fans. Munster is on a six five-match winning streak with their latest win coming at home over Castres. They won 30-5 and while that was convincing enough the victory margin will be smaller this weekend.
Leinster v Bath
As expected Leinster mastered testing conditions as they bossed Bath on their soggy home turf last Saturday. The rain reduced the match to somewhat of an arm wrestle but that also suits Leinster just fine. They dug deep and slugged it out and won comfortably in the end.
On home soil they are likely to be even more assertive and Bath will have to play well to avoid a proper beating.