Live on Skysports 1: Fri 20.00: Heineken Cup action continues this weekend; Ospreys welcome London Irish to Liberty Stadium.
Following a host of close matches last weekend, the Heineken Cup quickly moves onto Round 2 of the pool games.
Friday night opens up with Ospreys 2/5 favs (Betfred) to beat The Exiles. Considering London Irish put away Irish giants Munster last weekend, the 5/2 with William Hill about them would seem quite backable. Ospreys have yet to be really tested at home, winning both Magners League games against weaker opposition, and the smaller crowds in Swansea have never suited them; some Ospreys players have admitted they sometimes prefer the away crowd atmospheres. The Ospreys welcome back Ryan Jones but Irish are boosted by the return of Chris Hala’ufia and will also give a start to Kiwi Dan Bowden.
On the handicaps, the +8 at Totesport gives you 10/11 about London Irish and surely a fine way to start the weekend.
In Fridays other game, shown on Skysports Red Button at 21.00, Castres are 4/7 (888sport) to defeat Cardiff Blues, a 2/1 chace with Betfred. Cardiff really should have seen Edinburgh off last weekend with a bit more panache, but the 1 point victory was in tune with a cagey opening weekend. This game could be a very close call indeed, the +6 on Cardiff at 10/11 with Ladbrokes could be just enough to get the Welsh team over the line.