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Nic Ladds 15th Jan 2010 - 11:10

Ulster set to end Edinburgh's Heineken Cup dream

Most definitely the biggest European game that either of these sides will have played in a long time with everything to both gain and lose and Ulster enter the game as 1/3 favourites to beat 9/4 Edinburgh.

The Heineken Cup is reaching the business end of the group stages with some teams already done for but most still have some sort of chance to qualify and whoever wins this game at Ravenhill will almost certainly go through in second behind Stade Francais.

Ulster certainly have a huge advantage playing at home as they have won both their fixtures on home turf including a convincing win over Stade Francais while Edinburgh have lost both their away fixtures so far and it could be a similar story here with the Irish side asked to give up seven points on the handicap at 10/11, a margin that looks very reasonable indeed.

Ulster come in to the game off the back of an excellent victory against Munster in the Magners League and they make just two changes with David Pollock (20/1 for first try) in for the injured Willie Faloon and Darren Cave (14/1) come back in to the centres.

A strong looking Ulster side had potential tries all the way through it with man-of-the-match last time, Andrew Trimble 10/1 to over first along with Simon Danielli and Timoci Nagusa in a back line that may have too much for Edinburgh.

The Gunners though do name the strongest side possible with a front row of Allan Jacobsen, Ross Ford and David Young looking powerful and with Chris Paterson (16/1 for first try) leading the line, they certainly have the tools to do Ulster some damage, most likely through Tim Visser or Mark Robertson (both 12/1) while Jim Thompson (14/1) went over in their last league game.

The main worry for Edinburgh is they have been poor recently with the win last time out against an equally poor Cardiff side the only glimmer of light after previously being soundly beaten by Glasgow both home and away and Phil Godman in particular needs to improve his form.

I fully expect Ulster to come out firing like they did against Munster who are a considerably better side than Edinburgh and a winning margin beyond the handicap or 11-15 at 9/2 or 16-20 at 7/1 could even be on the cards, with a more conservative 6-10 at 9/2.

This will certainly be hard - fought with so much at stake but home advantage has fallen in Ulster's way at a crucial time and in front of a passionate Ravenhill crowd and coming in to the game on the back of an excellent win, a convincing home victory looks the call.

Don't forget that you can watch this game live on Sky Sports 1 from 19:30.


Ulster -7 - 10/11

Darren Cave to score first try - 14/1


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