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Lv Cup Rugby betting- Quins v Bath, Sale v Sarries

Lv Cup Rugby betting- Quins v Bath, Sale v Sarries

A side dish away from the weekend’s main courses, but nonetheless there looks to be some opportunity here. it’s the semi-finals of this competition, and the winner gets Heineken cup rugby. With Sarries and Harlequins already guaranteed Heineken cup rugby next year, the motivation is all with Bath and Sale – theoretically at least.

Harlequins v Bath, Saturday 1215 Skysports. Bath +1 StanJames, Quins Scratch Skybet

Quins have named a second side with maybe four first teamers in there (backrow, centre, outhalf). It’s a decent side, but very young. Bath on the other hand have named their strongest side available, and aside from missing Webber at hooker it’s about as good as it gets for them with Wilson and James from the front row away for the Six Nations. That they’re picking a big heavy pack is key here as it has been pissing down with rain in Twickenham since yesterday and is all day today and tomorrow. Quins will kick everything more than likely, and that’s a gameplan that has served them well in recent months in the wet. However, they’re missing their best kickers for this game – Care, Evans, and Brown. Abendanon has been poor lately for Bath at full back but as long as he has his confidence back, thing’s should go smoothly with a heavy superior bath pack dominating in the muck.

With the conditions this shouldn’t be a high scoring game, but Bath have more than enough to win here – a virtual first side out, Peter Stringer to marshall them through conditions he came out of the womb in, and motivation of some silverware and entry to the big league next season. Quins will give it a go of course but with the League and Heineken cup on the horizon they have bigger fish to fry. Bath 1-12 is a decent bet (few prices out yet – best 7/4 in Bet365 which has shortened), but we’ve backed the +1 in Stanjames (one of only four places with prices and the only one with +1 available) to cover the unlikely event of a draw. The +1 won’t last to tonight, so if you fancy Bath don’t dally. We’ll have a good tryscorer pick in the forum as soon as prices come out too.

Harlequins: 15 Ross Chisholm, 14 Tom Williams, 13 George Lowe, 12 Tom Casson, 11 Sam Smith, 10 Ben Botica, 9 Karl Dickson, 8 Tom Guest, 7 Luke Wallace (c), 6 Maurie Fa’asavalu, 5 Charlie Matthews, 4 Sam Twomey, 3 Will Collier, 2 Rob Buchanan, 1 Mark Lambert.
Replacements: 16 Dave Ward, 17 Darryl Marfo, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 Pete Browne, 20 Joe Trayfoot, 21 Jordan Burns, 22 Rory Clegg, 23 Charlie Walker

Bath: 15 Nick Abendanon, 14 Horacio Agulla, 13 Matt Banahan, 12 Kyle Eastmond, 11 Tom Biggs, 10 Tom Heathcote, 9 Peter Stringer, 8 Ben Skirving, 7 Carl Fearns, 6 Francois Louw (c), 5 Dave Attwood, 4 Dominic Day, 3 Anthony Perenise, 2 Ross Batty, 1 Nathan Catt.
Replacements: 16 Eusebio Guinazu, 17 Charlie Beech, 18 Kane Palma-Newport, 19 Stuart Hooper, 20 Nick Koster, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Sam Vesty, 23 Semsea Rokoduguni.

Sale v Sarries, Sunday (more to come)

LV Anglo/Welsh Cup Rugby Betting

Lv Cup Rugby Betting, Nov 9-11, Round 1 of the Anglo Welsh Cup.

LV Cup Betting – Fixtures

Friday 9 November
Cardiff Blues v London Wasps (KO 7:30pm)
Ospreys v Gloucester Rugby (KO 7:45pm, Sky Sports HD, Liberty Stadium)
Saracens v Leicester Tigers (KO 7:45pm)

Saturday 10 November

Northampton Saints v Harlequins (KO 1:00pm)
Bath Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons (KO 2:15pm)
Worcester Warriors v Scarlets (KO 3:00pm)

Sunday 11 November
London Irish v Sale Sharks (KO 3:00pm)
London Welsh v Exeter Chiefs (KO 4:00pm, S4C)

This will be a rolling thread that will be added to as we get closer to Friday- always plenty of Opportunity here as there’s mismatches, rotations, and at times general apathy – the key is identifying who doesn’t really care. For now, we’ve set an Anglo Welsh cup thread up in the Rugby Betting forum here for early thoughts


Cardiff Blues v London Wasps Rugby betting preview (KO 7:30pm)
Paddypower are first out with handicaps for this weekend’s LV cup matches, and of the Friday night games the one that stands out os Wasps +5 v Cardiff.

Cardiff name a side missing all of their internationals, and this squad squad makes up the guts of the side that had 60+ points put on them by a far from full strength Leinster side last week. They’re also missing their main flyhalf Tovey. The most important aspect here is the class Wasps have named in their side. Players in bold below are all relatively good;

15 Elliot Daly, 14 Christian Wade, 13 Chris Bell, 12 Lee Thomas, 11 Jack Wallace, 10 Tommy Bell, 9 Jonah Holmes, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Sam Jones, 6 Tinus Du Plessis, 5 Marco Wentzel (capt), 4 James Cannon, 3 Phil Swainston, 2 T Rhys Thomas, 1 Simon McIntyre.

And if you look at the Wasps bench they have an able set of replacements from the first team;

Replacements: 16 Nathan Morris, 17 Tim Payne, 18 Will Taylor, 19 Dave Hughes, 20 Matt Everard, 21 Charlie Davies, 22 Tom Varndell, 23 Hugo Southwell.

Main bet- medium stakes – This is a 50/50 at best for Cardiff, and we’ve taken the start of Wasps +5 at 10/11, only in PaddyPower at time of writing. It might be worth waiting for other bookies to come out with handicaps, but then again it might not. Don’t forget if there’s an English winner in this competition they get Heineken cup rugby next year, so there’s plenty of motivation for Wasps to get a good start.

Of Friday’s other games, Saracens will likely beat Leicester with a much higher number of first team players in the starting 15, especially in the pack, and it’s forecast to be a wet night. There’s also quality in the backs but the handicap of -6 doesn’t really appeal though as you’d wonder how interested Sarries will actually be. Sarries -6 the better of the two options for sure though still in bet365, small stakes at most.

We’ll chat about the Ospreys game in the forum – join up and give your two-cents if you haven’t already. No other handicaps are out yet.

More to follow;