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Nic Ladds 10th Oct 2009 - 11:45

Tough Sunday ahead for English teams in the Heineken Cup

After what has already been a thrilling start to the Heineken Cup campaign there are still two more matches on Sunday which promise to make it a fantastic end to the weekend.

London Irish's win over Leinster have sent a message to every team in the competition saying that in a one off game with so much at stake, anyone can win, so let's see if there are to be any upsets in our final two games.

Leicester v Ospreys - 12:45 live on Sky Sports 1

A mouth-watering clash awaits fans and neutrals alike as last year's beaten finalists Leicester Tigers attempt to go one better by getting their campaign started against Welsh side Ospreys.

The Tigers are 1/2 to open with a victory while Ospreys are 6/4 and that price looks a tempter as does the 10/11 on offer about the away side with a four point head start while Leicester are also 10/11 giving up the four points.

Leicester's main problem has been scoring tries this season or rather lack of them as they have scored just three in their five games, something that Ospreys managed to do in 13 minutes in their last game against Edinburgh.

The Tigers have also not lost in a year at Welford Road while the home side won three of the four encounters between these two last season, however the Ospreys did win in the Heineken Cup last year against Leicester.

Lewis Moody returns to the back row and scored the only try last game and is a big 25/1 to score first try, while Matthew Smith and Johne Murphy are both 11/1 to finally start delivering and open the try scoring.

Ospreys have six Lions players in their squad with Tommy Bowe (14/1 for first try) and Shane Williams (11/1) providing plenty of pace and trickery, while the outstanding Lee Byrne (16/1) in the back line along with the return of the imposing Jerry Collins (25/1) in the pack give Ospreys all sorts of attacking options.

At the prices, Ospreys are just too tempting a price to resist and London Irish showed against Leinster that in the Heineken Cup anything is possible, and the Tigers lack of tries could cost them dear against this formidable opposition, so the Welsh side at 6/4 and Collins to score the first try at 25/1 are the selections.

Toulouse v Sale - 3:00 live on Sky Sports 1

As odds of 1/50 would suggest, this looks a formality for Toulouse against 12/1 Sale who have not won since the opening game of the Guinness Premiership season.

The Sharks face a daunting trip to one of the tournament favourites who have struggled for fluency so far but should have no problem dealing with a struggling Sale team who have been given a 23 point start on the handicap at 10/11 which looks about right.

With a dearth of talent to call on including French international wingers Vincent Clerc and Cedric Heymans (both 8/1 for first try) along with a host of other Gallic talent, you wouldn't be surprised to see a winning margin of 16-20 (15/2) or 21-25 (6/1), if not more.

Sale have used their rotation policy ahead of the clash with Cardiff Blues next week and have rested some vital players, while regular prop Rob O'Donnell will play at second row which won't help their cause.

Ben Cohen and Oriol Ripol both at 14/1 to go over first could provide some spark for the sharks, while the return of Dwayne Peel is a boost (4/1 to score a try anytime), but the whole side looks up against it.

Toulouse are many people's favourite to all the way this year and against Sale it will not be a question of can they get off to a winning start, but how many can they win by?

 
 
 

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