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Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Munster fired up to stay in the thick of the fight in Paris

Jordan Larmour ready to star in Europe for Leinster

Racing scrum-half Maxime Machenaud on the break against Munster in round two
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Leinster v Glasgow
Sky Sports Action, 1pm Sunday

Tournament favourites Leinster have every reason to push for a bonus-point win and ease the pressure for next week's trip to Montpellier so handicaps around the 20-point mark are no great surprise.

Glasgow have a young pack out but there is plenty of cutting edge to their backline and this could turn into a high-scoring encounter.

Exciting Leinster full-back Jordan Larmour makes his first Champions Cup start but he has looked hugely confident and is a dangerous finisher. Six tries in ten appearances is a good return and a brace against Munster suggests he is comfortable on the big stage.

J Larmour to score two tries or more
1pt 15-2 BoyleSports

Toulon v Benetton
BT Sport 2, 1pm Sunday

This game has taken on extra significance as Toulon travel to Scarlets next week with top spot in Pool Five at stake.

Three-time champions Toulon are 25-point favourites, but they were asked to conceded 18 in the reverse fixture in Italy and needed a last-gasp penalty to edge it by a single point.

Racing 92 v Munster
Sky Sports Action, 3.15pm Sunday

Racing 92's performance in this Paris showdown will say a lot about their European ambitions as they sit four points behind Pool Four leaders Munster with a trip to Leicester to come next week.

Munster are in the driving seat as they face Castres, with just one win to their name, at home in the final round, and they will be fired by memories of their convincing 32-7 victory at Racing last year.

With the stakes high this could be a close-fought affair that takes time to open up and visitors Munster are worth backing to be right in the fight in the first 40 minutes.

Munster +2 on first-half handicap
2pts 10-11 general

Castres v Leicester
BT Sport 2, 5.30pm Sunday

The Tigers will take to the field in France without their sizeable England contingent, who are rested in the build-up to the Six Nations.

Castres drew with Munster in their pool opener then edged Racing 16-13 in their other outing at home. Before last weekend's defeat to second-bottom Agen the French outfit had won seven on the spin in the Top 14.

With so many first-choice players missing from the Leicester line-up Castres are 15-point favourites but both teams are as good as out of the running and it's nearly impossible to gauge how this one will pan out.

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Visitors Munster are worth backing to be right in the fight in the first 40 minutes
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