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Nic Ladds 13th Dec 2009 - 11:33

Big finale - Sunday's final Heineken Cup games

The second and final lot of Heineken Cup games for the weekend see two English sides in action including a potential thriller in France.

Clermont v Leicester - 15:00 live on Sky Sports 2

One of the most anticipated matches in the group and Clermont have stated their intent by selecting the strongest possible side they can and are 2/5 for glory with last year's Heineken Cup runners up Leicester at 7/4.

It is home advantage that is swinging it in the French sides' favour as some feel that Leicester will go for it in the return leg at Welford Road and Clermont are asked to give up six points at odds of 10/11 but that looks a little steep.

Clermont were less than impressive at home against supposed whipping boys Viadana and against the bigger sides in the Top 14 they have struggled, losing to Biarritz who themselves have not been great this season and drawing with Stade Francais and have won just one of their last six in the Top 14.

This should be a bruising encounter with two very physical packs and the Tigers welcome back Martin Castrogiovanni to the front row and Alesana Tuilagi (12/1 for first try) to the wing to partner the explosive Lote Tuqiri (12/1) while Aaron Mauger (16/1) always threatens from the centres.

Napoleoini Nalaga (11/1) and Julien Malzieu (12/1) look worth adversary for Leicester wide men and with players of the quality of Morgan Parra (20/1) and Aurelilen Rougerie (14/1)in the back line, Clermont pose a huge threat if on song.

It is a big if though and they have failed to fire on numerous occasions recently and in taking on Leicester they face a side who are at least of the quality of the top sides in the Top 14 and a back of the away side at 7/4 is worth a decent investment with the exciting Tuqiri the pick for first try at 12/1.

Clermont v Leicester betting

Bath v Edinburgh - 15:00 live on Sky Sports Red Button

Victory for Bath at odd of 1/2 would see both the home side and Edinburgh eliminated from the Heineken Cup so the Scots know victory is paramount and look the bet at 6/4.

Edinburgh are not one of those teams that cannot win away from home and they have emerged victorious on their travels repeatedly in the Magners League and Bath are on a poor run in the Guinness Premiership.

They have won just once away at Sale in September and have since lost at home repeatedly to London Irish, Saracens and Newcastle and with Matt Banahan suspended one of their main attacking threats is gone.

Edinburgh recall Scottish international duo Phil Godman (25/1 for first try) and Ross Ford (33/1) to strengthen their side and along with Chris Paterson (16/1) and Tim Visser (12/1) posing big attack threats, Bath could be in for a tough afternoon.

Michael Stephenson (12/1) and Nick Abendanon (16/1) look the two stand out contenders for first try for Bath but with the home side virtually out of the competition already they may look to concentrate on picking up some points in the Guinness Premiership where they are struggling badly.

Under 39 points could be a good bet as Bath especially are usually involved in low scoring affairs and I feel Edinburgh can win this but it won't be a drubbing, maybe by 6-10 points at 7/1 and asking Bath to give up five points on the handicap at 10/11 looks a step to far for a side struggling for form, confidence and Edinburgh look a great price at 6/4 for an outright victory.

Bath v Edinburgh betting

 
 
 

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