This weekend sees the reverse fixtures from last weekend’s games as sides battle to make it out of the Pool stages and into the knockout rounds

Recommendations

Glasgow -4 against the Scarlets @10/11 BetVictor

Exeter Chiefs +12 against Clermont Auvergne 10/11 BetVictor

Scarlets v Glasgow Warriors

In Scotland last week Glasgow beat the Scarlets 43-6, scoring six tuires with the giant winger Naiyaravoro getting a hat-trick. Both sides trail Racing and Northampton in their group, but having only played two games Glasgow still have a chance of progressing. t is widely felt that teams need to win four out of six pool games to make it to the knock-out stages.

Scarlets sit top of the Guinness PRO 12 table but are without a host of first-team regulars. Up front, prop Rob Evans is sidelined after an ankle injury and blood infection, while hooker Ken Owens is struggling with a toe injury and lock Jake Ball has a groin problem. Back rower John Barclay will miss out on facing his former club with a shoulder issue and Aaron Shingler needs a rest to alleviate some general wear and tear.

Behind the scrum DTH van der Merwe, another former Warrior, is also unavailable after hurting a thumb, and Tom Williams has a shoulder strain. They are already without long-term absentees Liam Williams and Scott Williams. Such an injury list for a Welsh team without the funding of French and English sides presents an insurmountable barrier to competitiveness.

For the return fixture Glasgow are 4 point favourites on the handicap (10/11 generally) and should beat that comfortably

Clermont Auvergne v Exeter Chiefs

Against the ante-post favourites for the tournament, a French side packed with international stars, Exeter Chiefs threw pool 2 wide open last weekend when deservedly beating Clermont 31-14 at Sandy Park.

Clermont are currently leading the Top 14 table and were the losing finalists in last season’s European Champions Cup but a factor that may be in play in this year’s Champions cup is that the English sides are all doing exceptionally well. Tis is possibly due to the early exit of the national side from the Rugby world cup, allowing more time for key players to rest and train with their clubs in contrast to players from Wales, Ireland and France who all made it to the quarter finals.

Clermont are renowned for having a significant home advantage but Exeter have a very rugged style of play with exceptional driving mauls and scrums that means this game could be a lot closer than Clermont -12 on the points handicap implies. It wouldn’t surprise me to see the result from last weekend reversed, it would surprise me to see Clermont win by more than two scores.

Recommendations

Glasgow -4 against the Scarlets @10/11 BetVictor

Exeter Chiefs +12 against Clermont Auvergne 10/11 BetVictor