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Monday, 19 November, 2018

Expect Gloucester to pile points on outclassed Ospreys

Cherry & Whites name strong line-up for cup clash

Henry Trinder scores a try during Gloucester's 47-7 Anglo-Welsh win over London Irish
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Anglo-Welsh Cup
BT Sport 2, 7.45pm Friday

Wherever you look - the teamsheet, the qualifying possibilities, form, results, betting - this has the makings of a heavily one-sided contest, and a handicap in the mid-20s is hard to argue with.

The Anglo-Welsh Cup has become an arena for showcasing emerging talent, with fixtures scheduled to coincide with international commitments.

So the Ospreys are without their star names and have two players making their starting debuts with four more on the bench, but Gloucester have experience through their line-up.

Henry Trinder, Ben Morgan, Ed Slater, Mariano Galarza and former Ospreys hooker Richard Hibbard all start for the hosts, and while the Ospreys have the well-travelled James Hook in midfield, there is a huge gulf between the teams.

The Gloucester selection looks a statement of ambition, which is understandable given this appears their best hope of silverware after home defeat to Pau last week leaves them with a tricky quarter-final at Connacht in the European Challenge Cup.

They are second in Pool One but their final fixture is at Newcastle, who are flying with two bonus-point wins in two in this tournament, and they are unlikely to ease up in pursuit of a wide-margin win.

Gloucester saw off London Irish 47-7 at home in round two and this is a perfect opportunity for another big score against a club in turmoil after coach Steve Tandy left at the weekend.

Expect the hosts to come out all guns blazing, looking to rattle their opponents, and they are worth backing to build up a sizeable half-time lead.

Recommendation
Gloucester to be leading by 15 or more points at half-time
1pt 5-4 Betfair


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The Gloucester selection looks a statement of ambition, which is understandable given this looks their best hope of silverware
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