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Heineken Cup: Back Edinburgh, Munster and Cardiff for big win

| 13.10.2012

The Heineken Cup predictably sees a majority of home victories during the pool stage, with the Ospreys and Ulster both getting off to winning starts in the competition last night.

And in this 10-game accumulator only three sides have been backed to pull off triumphs on the road, but offers tempting odds of 41/1.

Heineken Cup accumulator

Edinburgh will be looking to continue their fine home form when they welcome Saracens to Murrayfield, having remained unbeaten in the Scottish capital last season.

Munster make the trip to Paris to face Racing Metro, with Kiwi captain Doug Howlett leading a formidable Red Army side set to open their European account with a win.

Connacht have made a slow start to their domestic campaign with just two wins from six, but should have enough to overcome Italian outfit Zebre when they travel to Parma.

A tight clash looks in prospect when the Scarlets visit Clermont Auvergne, with both sides having made a strong start in their respective domestic leagues.

Last year’s defeated semi-finalists should have enough to see off their Welsh opponents on home soil.

Reigning champions Leinster are unlikely to slip up against Heineken Cup debutants Exeter Chiefs as they begin their quest for a third straight success in European rugby’s elite competition.

Harlequins lost ground at the top of the Premiership after an away defeat to Exeter, but they should be backed to return to winning ways when they host Biarritz Olympique.

Northampton Saints profited from Quins’ slip-up and currently lead the English league, and can be expected to overcome travelling Glasgow Warriers at Franklin’s Gardens.

Sale Sharks have made a disastrous start to their league season taking just a solitary point from six games, and are unlikely to find solace in the Heineken Cup when they face Cardiff Blues.

The Welsh side beat Racing Metro and London Irish away from home in the last campaign, and may inflict further misery on the Mancunian club in Salford.

Toulouse are the champions of France and will hope to utilise home advantage when they welcome a bulky Leicester Tigers side to Stade Ernest-Wallon.

Toulon are the current leaders of the Top 14 and will hope to extend their domestic authority into continental competition when they clash with near neighbours Montpellier.

Edinburgh to beat Saracens @ 6/4
Munster to beat Racing Metro @ 10/11
Connacht to beat Zebre @ 4/7
Clermont Auvergne to beat Scarlets @ 1/10
Leinster to beat Exeter @ 1/14
Harlequins to beat Biarritz @ 2/7
Northampton to beat Glasgow @ 1/7
Cardiff to beat Sale @ 6/5
Toulouse to beat Leicester @ 1/3
Toulon to beat Montpellier @ 1/14

Accumulator total: 41/1

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Jamie Dickenson