Leinster v Glasgow will take on Saturday evening at Scoutoun Stadium. Kick off for the game is at 7.35 and is live on Eir Sport. Let’s take a look at a preview, team news and betting below.
This could be the game of the weekend in my opinion. Leinster are the current champions, while Glasgow were the runners up last season. Stuart Lancaster believes that Glasgow will be hurting and told Leinster Rugby.ie “Obviously on the back of the PRO14 Final, they’ll have plenty of motivation going into (Saturday’s game) and we’ve got the huge motivation to go there and improve on our last away performance where we got beaten fair and square”.
Leinster haven’t lost all season but their is a massive chance for Glasgow here to upset the odds. Glasgow have lost three games this season already so they will need to improve to beat Leo Cullen’s men. Leinster recorded a 33-19 win over Benetton on the opening weekend in the Champions Cup 2 weeks ago, last week they beat Lyon 13-6. Cullen has yet to name his team but I expect plenty of changes from that game last weekend. In comparison, Glasgow recorded a 13-7 win over Sale Shark in their opening fixture. However, they let a half time lead slip last weekend to lose 34-18 to Exeter Chiefs. They will be looking to make amends here with a good performance.
Leinster: 15. Hugo Keenan (10) 14. Adam Byrne (55) 13. Jimmy O’Brien (12) 12. Conor O’Brien (19) 11. Cian Kelleher (9) 10. Ross Byrne (78) 9. Jamison Gibson-Park (78) 1. Peter Dooley (67) 2. James Tracy (100) 3. Michael Bent (131) 4. Ross Molony (88) Capt’ 5. Devin Toner (238) 6. Josh Murphy (27) 7. Will Connors (9) 8. Caelan Doris (22)
Glasgow Warriors: Jackson; Seymour, Jones, Johnson, Matawalu; P Horne, Price; Kebble, Turner, Rae, Swinson, Gray, Harley, Fusaro, Wilson.
The betting for Leinster v Glasgow has both sides priced evenly. Leinster are 10/11 and Glasgow are also 10/11. I think it will be a very close game so may be siding with a try scorer could be the bet. Dave Kearney has scored a couple of tries in recent games and therefore he would be a selection to score the first try.