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Nic Ladds 13th Dec 2009 - 9:44

A feast of Heineken Cup rugby at Sunday lunchtime

More Heineken Cup action for us to get stuck in to today with four fantastic games all live on Sky Sports and what better to way to spend your Sunday afternoon than enjoying some of the best rugby union that Europe has to offer and here we preview the two lunch time kick-offs.

Harlequins v Sale - 12:45 live on Sky Sports 2

Harlequins are all but out of the Heineken Cup with just one point from their opening two games but they field a strong side and are 1/2 to beat 6/4 chances Sale who with a victory will be very much still in.

Quins welcome back captain Will Skinner which is a big boost for the side but Danny Care is suspended. Ugo Monye (11/1 for first try) and David Strettle (11/1) along with Gonzalo Tiesi (14/1) provide a big attacking threat for the home side but Sale are improving and welcome back a host of players.

Dwayne Peel (20/1), Mark Cueto (12/1), Lee Thomas (16/1) and Chris Jones (50/1) all return for the Sharks and they should give Quins a good game but with the game being played at The Stoop, Harlequins should be able to cover the handicap which sees them giving up five points at 10/11.

Harlequins v Sale betting

Biarritz v Newport Dragons - 12:45 live on Sky Sports Red Button

A tough looking game for Newport Dragons as they travel to France to take on Biarritz who as short at 1/9 to win against the 5/1 outsiders.

The Welsh side may be focusing more on the return match next week as a target for points but they have a much better chance than the odds would suggest and they should be able to stay well inside the handicap which has the Dragons receiving a 14 point head start at 10/11.

The Dragons are second in their pool and a win in France would almost certainly see them through to the next round and Aled Brew and Richard Fussell (both 14/1 for first try) look the main threats from the wings but at a big price it could be worth chancing Martyn Thomas (20/1) or James Alridge (25/1) to stun the home side.

Biarritz are in woeful from having suffered three defeats in a row including a loss to bottom side in the Top 14 Sporting club Albigeois and although they have won both their Heineken Cup games they could be in danger here and they seem lost without talismanic number 8, Imanol Harinoriquy.

They did destroy Gloucester at home in their last game though 42-15 with Takudzwa Ngwenya scoring a hat trick (9/1 to score first try) and Newport will have to be wary of his blistering pace.

Biarritz as the odds suggest should win this at a canter but with something clearly amiss at the moment, Newport are worth chancing at 5/1 in the 80 minute market while the more cautious punter should be in clover if you take the away side with a 14 point head start at 10/11.

Biarritz v Newport Dragons betting

 
 
 

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