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Nic Ladds 23rd Jan 2010 - 22:13

Mighty Toulouse could make Sharks look like minnows

After some outstanding games on Saturday, brace yourselves for another dose of Heineken Cup action as the pool stages come to a close and teams battle it out for both better positions and survival for the quarter finals.

Biarritz v Glasgow - 12:30 live on Sky Sports 2

Glasgow may not be able to qualify for the quarter finals but nonetheless, they have fielded a strong side to face Biarritz and are 10/3 to beat the French side on their own turf while the home side are 1/5.

The Warriors have made nine changes to their side from last week but all but two of their squad have been selected in the Scotland Six Nations squad and having lost to Biarritz at Firhill, this is the perfect chance for revenge.

Biarritz are suffering a lot of injuries and they drop Ayoola Erinle and Karmichael Hunt to the bench suggesting that they may find it hard to make up the nine point head start they are giving Glasgow at 10/11.

The French side got trounced away at Gloucester last time and their host of missing players could see them not quite their usual, forceful selves despite being at home and a lot could rely on the brilliance on Immanol Harinoroquy in the pack and he look a fair bet at 5/2 to score a try, while in the backs Takudzwa Ngwenya (15/2 for first try) and Iain Balshaw (10/1) are two of the more likelier threats.

Glasgow will look to wingers Rob Dewey (14/1) and Thom Evans (14/1) for some serious attacking threats along with Max Evans (16/1) in the centres as the Warriors look to take their excellent home form on the road.

This should be close and at a big price a bet on Biarritz to win by just 1-5 points at 13/2 as they have already qualified safely and are unlikely to put too much on the line although a big win could up them in the quarter final seedings but Glasgow come here meaning business and look a lively bet to upset the odds or at the least, win with the aid of the handicap.

Biarritz v Glasgow betting

Sale v Toulouse -15:00 live on Sky Sports 2

In a huge game for Sale, they name a strong side to take on the star-studded Toulouse who at 4/9 are favourites to beat the 13/8 Sharks.

Toulouse boast no less than 20 internationals in their squad and despite having easily finished top of the pool, they have players with a point to prove and players looking to impress with the Six Nations coming up.

Yann David (14/1 for first try), Cedric Heymans (11/1) and Maxime Medard (12/1) are all outstanding players but all got left out of the French squad so will want to come out fighting and with Vincent Clerc (11/1) on one of the wings and the imposing pair Thierry Dusautoir and Louis Picamoles in the pack, this side looks a different class.

Sale will hope home advantage can see them prevail and they need to better than Cardiff if they are to leapfrog them in to second spot and in turn have a shot at European glory, albeit in the Amlin Challenge Trophy.

The Sharks are missing Dwayne Peel and David Seymour which are blows so Richard Wigglesworth (20/1) and Luke Abraham (25/1) get their chance and Mark Cueto (14/1) and Matthew Tait (16/1) will need to be at their creative best.

Toulouse may have lost away at Cardiff but they look so strong this time around that they may be able to make a mockery of the five points they are asked to concede in on the handicap at 10/11 and a winning margin of around 11-15 points at 6/1 could be in the right area if the French side get going.

Sale may have outside aspirations of Europe still but with Cardiff facing not such a tough challenge against Harlequins, the Sharks dreams could well be going up in smoke come Sunday evening as rampant Toulouse show their class and win at a canter.

Sale v Toulouse betting


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