Potential Champions Cup Quarter Final Match-Ups Sees Irish Provinces Meet
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We took a look at what the three Irish provinces need in the Champions Cup earlier today in terms of qualification and potentially securing a home quarter final. But how are those match-ups panning out in terms of the last eight should the expected results come in?
With the way things went over the weekend we’re confident all three Irish teams will find secure a quarter final. But should that happen, three looks like it could unavoidably become two come the semi-finals.
Here’s the current table.
1. Saracens: 23 points
2. Racing 92: 21
3. Leinster: 20
4. Edinburgh: 19
5. Munster: 17
6. Glasgow Warriors: 19
7. Ulster: 18
8. Toulouse: 17
9. Montpellier: 16
10. Exeter: 13
And going by current form, venue, opposition etc. we expect Saracens (BP), Racing (BP), Leinster (BP), Edinburgh, Munster, Ulster and Toulouse all to win,. That wouls leave us with this final table.
1. Saracens: 28 points
2. Racing 92: 26
3. Leinster: 25
4. Edinburgh: 23
5. Munster: 21
6. Ulster: 22
7. Toulouse: 21
8. Glasgow Warriors: 19
Predicted Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals:
- Saracens (1) v Glasgow Warriors (8)
- Racing 92 (2) v Toulouse (7)
- Leinster (3) v Ulster (6)
- Edinburgh (4) v Munster (5)
Now all this could change very easily depending on results of course, and with bonus-points potentially coming into effect. If Toulouse for example get a BP against Bath and Ulster just win, they will likely continue to have a better points difference meaning it would be Racing 92 vs Ulster and Leinster vs Toulouse in two pool match repeats.
Munster will also be hoping Montpellier do a number on Edinburgh, allowing them to slip into a home quarter final spot where they would likely host the French side rather than a trip to Scotland to take on Richard Cockerill’s men.
One thing is certain though. Round six is going to be an absolute belter.