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Rupert Wyman 11th Apr 2009 - 13:17

Home advantage holds the key in Heineken Cup quarter-finals

The last two Heineken Cup quarter-finals take place on Sunday. First up are defending champions Munster against the Ospreys, followed later in the day by Harlequins at home to Leinster.

Munster v Ospreys

These are two of the best sides in the Magners League as proved by their league positions of first and third respectively, but Munster at their Thomond Park fortress are quite simply awesome. The teams last met in league action on 9th January at the Liberty Stadium and that day the Irish side won 25-21. Another win for Tony McGahan's side looks on the cards in this quarter-final.

The home side are 2/7 favourites to win within 80 minutes with a shock away win priced at 5/2 and the draw 20/1. On the main handicap line the Ospreys are given an eight-point start with both sides at 10/11 and the draw 14/1.

Fly-half Ronan O'Gara recently became the first player to score more than 1000 points in the competition and the Grand Slam-winning number 10 can be expected to kick the points to lead Munster to victory.

The Welsh side are missing a number of players through injury including Lee Byrne and Gavin Henson, meaning that Irish winger Tommy Bowe has to face many of his international colleagues in the unfamiliar full-back position.

With players like Bowe and Welsh flyer Shane Williams among the Ospreys' back-line then they should at least provide a threat to Munster's defensive line. The latter is the 10/1 favourite to cross the line first.

The winners of Sunday's first quarter-final will face either Harlequins or Leinster in the semi-final.

Harlequins v Leinster

At the Stoop at 15:30 Harlequins face-off against Leinster. Harlequins have been tremendous this season, they sit second in the Guinness Premiership, one point behind leaders Leicester.

Dean Richards' side will hope to progress to their first ever Heineken Cup semi-final and will be in confident mood having only lost once in 10 matches in all competitions. And to further boost their spirits ahead of the quarter-final they will welcome back inspirational fly-half Nick Evans.

Quins are 8/11 favourites to win within 80 minutes. Leinster are the outsiders at 11/10 and the draw is priced at 18/1. On the handicap line the Irish province are given a two-point start with both teams at 10/11.

Leinster will be in confident mood themselves though as Grand Slam-winning captain Brian O'Driscoll and Luke Fitzgerald return to the starting XV for the first time since the conclusion of the Six Nations.

The Irish captain is 9/4 to score a try at anytime during the match and could well deliver the goods upon his return.

We've got all the options covered for this weekend's Heineken Cup action, as well as betlive opportunities as the matches start so place your bets and sit back as the action unfolds live on Sky Sports.

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