Another treble up last weekend and very close to the 4 timer with Exeter only managing a draw in a ding dong battle with Glasgow. This weekend is when everyone sits with their calculators out trying to work out who needs what to qualify. Our 2 tournament winners bets both look good at the moment with qualification already guaranteed with a game to go. Our top point scorer bet sits well also, with Ramos being right there, hopefully a trip to the final will see him win. This weekend we look to sides who need results for various reasons against sides who have nothing left to play for in the competition, and we start in France

Lyon vs Northampton 18/1/20 13:00 ko

Lyon already out of the tournament have nothing left to play for, and with them going so well at the moment in their domestic competition they will rest a lot of their key players for this one. Saints on the other hand have everything to play for, they know that a win should see them into the quarters, but a bonus point win all but guarantees it reaching that golden 19 points. They were scrappy last weekend but still pulled it off. They will have learnt from that, they tried to score from every situation in the game, they will need more patience than that this week

Northampton -5 handicap 10/11 most major bookies (WON)

Harlequins vs Clermont 18/1/20 15:15 ko

Quins already out, rested a load of players last weekend and will do the same this week knowing they have some big Premiership battles to come in the next few weeks if they want to make the playoffs. Clermont, still looking to nail down the pool winners spot and hopefully a home quarter final spot with it have everything to play for. They taught Quins a rugby lesson in the return fixture and if Quins are not careful, the same could happen again Saturday afternoon. They were poor Friday night at Bath and snuck a win, they cannot afford to be that loose again this weekend

Clermont -12 handicap 10/11 most major bookies (lost)

Saracens vs Racing 92 19/1/20 13:00 ko

Amongst the turmoil of issues behind closed doors Sarries will try to spread some light on the pitch, but when you are a player not sure whether you are still in a job come the following week, it has to play on your mind. They still have everything to play for in this competition and a win should see them go through. But Racing have been fantastic in the tournament so far, top of the group, and playing some superb rugby. The handicap offered is ridiculous with the state of these two side at the moment. Not only will Racing finish within the handicap, they should push Sarries close this weekend

Racing 92 +13 handicap 10/11 most major bookies (WON)

Toulouse vs Gloucester 19/1/20 15:15 ko 

What a challenge in store for The Cherry and Whites, and my decision comes down to one man really, Danny Cipriani. If he was fit, which the rumours around the West Country seem to say he is not, would put me in their camp to run Toulouse close, but without his invention and game control I don’t see how they can compete let alone contain this French beast. Toulouse on the other hand will be full of confidence and want to ensure the are seeded as high as possible to get themselves a home quarter final. Glos will battle for 50 minutes, but once behind on the scoreboard they will struggle to peg Toulouse back and JA will ring the changes early, saving his bigger guns for the following week in the Premiership

Toulouse -15 handicap 10/11 most major bookies (WON)

play the trebles and Acca this week and tune in next week for my 6 Nations preview and competition bets

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