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Nic Ladds 8th Jan 2009 - 21:22

Williams back to help sink Munster

Ospreys rejoice as star man Shane Williams is back in their starting line up and is 9/1 in the betting to get the Welsh side off to a flyer and score the first try.

Williams' return will be huge boost for Ospreys as they are missing Gavin Henson who is expecting the birth of his child.

This should be a scintillating match as 8/11 Ospreys are unbeaten in all seven matches they have played at home this season with Munster at 11/10.

Ospreys are first in the Magners League while Munster sit in second after a run that has seen them win only one of their last four games.

The handicap is set with Ospreys giving up just a point at odds of 4/5 with Munster plus a point at even money showing just how close this match should be.

Another boost to the Ospreys is that this fixture has been won by the home side on the last eight occasions they have met.

The Welsh side have been hit by injuries to some key players which gives Munster hope as they recall captain Paul O'Connell, Denis Leamy and David Wallace to give their pack a menacing look.

Lee Byrne is a constant threat having got the first try in the recent win over Cardiff Blues and is 16/1 to repeat the heroics.

Munster will be looking to get their season back on track and it is not often they have two poor performances in a row.

New Zealand winger Doug Howlett is one of the best in the world and at 12/1 for first try will keep the Ospreys back line busy.

Munster really got a real beating by Ulster last time out and may find the in form Welsh team just too much to handle.

The form and statistics all point in Ospreys favour and they can extend their lead at the top of the Magners League and winning margins of 6-10 at 11/2 and 11-15 at 8/1 make the appeal.

This should be a belter of a fixture and whoever wins this will have the momentum going into the New Year to really make a stand at the top of the Magners League.

Ospreys to win by 6-10 points - 11/2
Lee Byrne to score first try - 16/1

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