Champions Cup 2021-22
The 2021-22 European Rugby Cup season has been heavily disrupted due to the Covid-19 pandemic, among other things. Several teams have been punished with a 28-0 green carpet defeat following an outbreak of Covid in their squad.
The first leg of the Round of 16 of Europe's top rugby competition will be played between April 8-10, with the second leg scheduled to be played between April 15-17.
The top four ranked clubs in each pool — Racing, Ulster, La Rochelle, Leinster, Leicester, Harlequins, Munster and Bristol — will have home advantage in the second legs.
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The 2020 winners, Exeter Chiefs, are now looking forward to a meeting with the Irish province of Munster.
Montpellier, the Top 14 team (all Top 14 bets), are preparing for a knockout match against Premiership champions, Harlequins.
Dan McFarland's team, Ulster, is not set for winning all four pool games as they will be meeting with defending champions Toulouse. The Top 14 champions were angered by European Professional Club Rugby's decision to cancel their match against Cardiff due to positive cases of Covid in the French club's team.
As for the three-time finalists, Clermont will face Premiership leaders (all rugby Premiership bets) Leicester.
Connacht will challenge four-time champions Leinster. No team has scored more tries in the Champions Cup this season than Leinster — racked up 30, including an 89-7 win over Montpellier in Dublin before a 64-7 victory at Bath.
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Bristol, still unbeaten after three wins and a draw, will be competing for a place in a Premiership duel against Sale.
Stade Français' eighth-place finish in Pool B puts them on course with Pool A winners and Top 14 rivals Racing92. None of the Parisian clubs have ever won the Champions Cup.
Another all-French encounter between Bordeaux and 2021 beaten finalists La Rochelle rounds out the final 16.
Recommended bets on the European Rugby Cup
Since the inception of the competition, only three countries have won the final. England dominates with ten titles; France follows with nine wins and 16 lost finals, while Ireland boasts seven wins.
Therefore, we recommend betting on the final victory of one of these three countries.