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Nic Ladds 12th Dec 2009 - 11:12

Second helping of Saturday's Heineken Cup action

The second part of our Saturday Heineken Cup previews features the late afternoon kick offs which should provide yet more thrilling rugby union action.

Scarlets v Leinster - 18:00 live on Sky Sports 1

Scarlets coach Nigel Davies is not wrong when he says this is one of the biggest games the region the region has faced in years as victory against Leinster would almost certainly see the Welsh side through to the next round and condemn Leinster to an early exit.

The Scarlets have won their opening two games including an excellent away win at London Irish and at 6/4 they certainly appeal more than 1/2 chances Leinster in the match betting or for the more cautious punter, Llanelli can be backed with a four point head start at 10/11.

The home side put faith in some younger players to compliment the experience in the team with Andy Fenby (12/1 for first try) getting his chance on the wing and the likes of Sean Lamont (16/1) and Stephen Jones (20/1) will need to draw on all their experience to guide Scarlets past Leinster this afternoon.

Passionate home support at Parc Y Scarlets is going to be crucial as Leinster have no fewer than nine Ireland internationals in their starting line up including Rob Kearney (14/1), Shane Horgan (12/1), Jamie Heaslip (20/1) and of course Brian O'Driscoll (14/1) who just seems to be getting better with age.

Scarlets won this fixture in the Magners League earlier this season but two points and a winning margin of 1-5 this time is 5/1, while Leinster to win by the same margin is 9/2 as is the 6-10 point margin.

If this were away Scarlets might be looking at damage control but with vocal home support they have a great chance of seeing off a Leinster side who have not quite looked the force they were last season.

While they are worth favourites with so many Ireland internationals, a back of the Scarlets at 6/4 is the call as a huge performance and win here will all but see them through so expect a Trojan effort from the Welsh side which may stun the current Heineken Cup champions.

Scarlets v Leinster betting

Brive v London Irish - 18:00 live on Sky Sports Red Button

Brive have nothing to lose and everything to gain this weekend as they take on London Irish as 5/4 underdogs with the Exiles available at 8/13 to all but dump Brive out of the Heineken Cup.

If Leinster lose to Scarlets then the pressure is not so great but a win for the champions will leave Irish knowing they need to win this game to ease any pressure on themselves.

Brive have been drubbed by both Scarlets and Leinster so far and Irish should be confident of handing out more of the same and they can make a mockery of the handicap asking them to give up three points at 10/11.

Irish will be pleased to see that neither Andy Goode nor Jamie Noon feature for the French side but Shaun Perry (20/1 for first try) plays at scrum half while the main threats look to be great young talent Alexis Palisson (12/1) and Argentina full-back Horacio Agulla (16/1).

The Exiles have the talents of Elvis Seveali'i (16/1) and Seilala Mapusua (16/1) in the centres to call on and both players can trouble the Brive defence all afternoon, but it is their forwards that can really cause the home side some damage with Clarke Dermody returning in the front row and Steffon Armitrage continuing to impress at flanker.

This looks winnable for Irish and a winning margin of 11-15 points at 15/2 could be worth a bet with a more conservative 6-10 available at 5/1 and they can certainly cover the handicap and ensure Brive's challenge is virtually over with only half the games played.

Brive v London Irish betting


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