The last time the Heineken Cup final was held in Dublin it featured two French teams. Toulouse beat Perpignan on that occasion, and with the Top 14’s two leading sides in action this weekend it could be another all-French affair this May.
The Heineken Cup has reached the quarter final stage and sees three sides from France, three from England and two from Ireland battling it out to reach the last four.
The Irish sides both face tough away trips to English opposition while two strong French sides will expect to reach the semi-finals with home advantage.
Six Nations match preview – 23/24 February 2013
The third round of Six Nations matches kick off this weekend and there are three intriguing ties to look forward to. England continue their Grand Slam challenge with a match against bottom of the table France with a leading newspaper reporting French rugby was ‘in tatters’.
The Heineken Cup has now become the competition to win in world club rugby. It’s the eighteenth season of the tournament and twenty four sides from across Europe begin their campaign in November on the long road to Dublin in May 2013.
The Roy Hodgson era begins on Saturday as the former West Brom coach takes charge of England for the first time. His first outing is a tricky away fixture in Norway who are an excellent 12/5 chance to give our boys ‘one hell of a beating’.
The Champions League final takes centre stage this Saturday as Bayern Munich face Chelsea. If Chelsea can manage to scrape a side together – remember that many of their first choice players are injured or suspended – they are 10/3 to win their first European Cup. Bayern Munich have home advantage but were humbled 5-2 by Borussia Dortmund in last week’s German Cup final.
It’s the 17th Heineken Cup Final this weekend and it’s an all Irish affair as Leinster face Ulster. You’d have got long odds on this match-up before the tournament began, with Ulster ranked as 66/1 outsiders to lift the trophy back in November.
Leinster are in their third final in four years and are favourites to become the first team to retain the Cup since the Leicester Tigers in 2002. However, could Ulster upset the odds at Twickenham on Saturday?
Chelsea face Liverpool in the Wembley showpiece and the Blues are the 7/5 favourites.
The 17th Heineken Cup reaches the semi-final stage this weekend with two intriguing matches. Of the five pre-tournament favourites, only one remains in what has been a competition full of upsets and surprises.
Can Edinburgh become the first Scottish side to reach the Heineken Cup final? Can Ulster reach their first final since 1999? And can Leinster navigate a tricky tie in France to reach their third final in four years?
The FA Cup reaches the semi-final stage this weekend with two local derbies in prospect. Liverpool play Everton on Saturday and while the Reds may be the 6/4 favourites, Everton are the form team. I fancy David Moyes’ side to prevail at 15/8.