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Heineken Champions Cup Predictions: Round 1

The new Heineken Champions Cup season gets underway this weekend, and it’s the last edition before the South African teams join the fray next year.

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Here are my Heineken Champions Cup predictions for Round 1.

Northampton v Racing 92

This is a really tough pick first up, and it’s too early to break the rule of never picking the travelling French team. Northampton by 4

Cardiff v Toulouse

It’s not too early anymore thankfully, because the 5-time tournament winners will take this against a scratch Cardiff team. Toulouse by 28

Bordeaux v Leicester

The Tigers are unbeaten in the Premiership at the moment, but this is a tough away trip, with Bordeaux approaching the summit of the Top 14. The home team are slight favourites, but I’m picking a slight upset. Leicester by 2

Leinster v Bath

This looks very one-sided on current form, and it should be an easy home win. Leinster by 26

Clermont v Ulster

Ulster’s away record in Europe isn’t too hot, and Clermont is one of the toughest trips in this competition. Clermont by 13

Exeter v Montpellier

This looks like it will be a comfortable home win for Exeter as they kick off another European campaign in front of their own fans. Exeter by 13

Connacht v Stade Francais

Connacht have been slightly unpredictable in the URC so far, but I’m backing them at home to the French side. Connacht by 9

Ospreys v Sale Sharks

The Welsh side managed to beat Ulster at home in the URC last week, and on that basis, I think they’ll be able to beat Sale too. Ospreys by 4

La Rochelle v Glasgow

This French side have been recording some big scores in their recent home matches, and they should win this one too. La Rochelle by 16

Wasps v Munster

Munster are also struggling with player absences after their ill-fated trip to South Africa. It makes this an easier pick that it might have been if the visitors were at full-strength. Wasps by 6

Castres v Harlequins

The bookies have made Quins favourites for this match, but Castres haven’t lost a home match all season, which includes a 22-point win over Racing last weekend. Castres by 7