Over the last few years we’ve seen the Top14 become the dominant Northern Hemisphere domestic league which is clearly reflected in the line-ups for this weekends semi-finals and highlighted by the bookies favourites for each game. Likewise with the pundits, Jeremy Guscott, states of todays game, Saracens Vs Clermont, “if Clermont fly and Sarries also fly, then Clermont still win. ” A point which he sticks to with his score prediction where he gives the game to Clermont by 10.
With the Toulon Vs Munster game on Sunday, our Jerry is more vague, particularly if you might want to garner some success at the bookies with this former winner’s advice(He did win it, won it with Bath in 1998, imagine Bath won the European Cup…) as he calls the game for Toulon by a score. Which would leave a possible 7 handicap bets for those looking to stick rigidly to his advice.
Alarmingly, it seems that the usual suspects all agree with Jerry, no-one can quite see past an English team never having won at Twickenham and not even Paul O’Connell can take on four World Cup winners in Wilkinson, Habana, Botha & Williams single handedly (though if O’Mahony were fit, an upset in Marseille would be a great value bet for the weekend). If you follow this advice as we speak, you could garner yourselves over 5/1 at Paddy Power.
For me though, that seems a little bit dull and in the spirit of a weekend brimming with tries I’ve gone for over 35.5 points with Saracens Clermont and Simon Zebo to score in 80 minutes, which will net a healthy 8/1 as a double. Whatever you go for enjoy the games and be sure to leave a comment with your own predictions. Good Luck!