European Rugby Champions Cup: Leinster v Wasps Preview

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Reigning champions Leinster will be looking for a fast start when they take on English outfit Wasps on Friday the 12th of October.

Leinster will get their title defence underway on home soil this Friday evening with a clash against an expansive London Wasps outfit. Both these sides have enjoyed decent enough starts to their respective domestic campaigns and will be looking to carry that form through to Europe.

Leinster v Wasps
Friday 12 October
RDS Arena

To Win (80 Mins)
Leinster 1/10
Draw 30/1
Wasps 11/2

The Irish Province head into Friday night's encounter with the favourites tag firmly fixed around their necks. They have a quality squad and a very impressive record at the RDS Arena, so it's no wonder the 'books are so confident that they'll bag the win here.

The hosts have enjoyed a solid start to their PRO14 campaign and head into their opening European fixture with five wins from the six domestic games they've played this season. They also managed an impressive win last week as they beat local rivals Munster 30-22.

The men from Coventry head into Friday's opener as massive underdogs but they will relish that status. They're a side who likes to run the ball a lot and their coaching staff wouldn't be too displeased if they only came away from the RDS with a try-scoring bonus point. As such, I expect Wasps to have a full go with ball-in-hand.

Key to their chances of getting anything from this game will be the form of former All Black fly-half Lima Sopoaga. The former Highlander has had his moments during Wasps opening six English Premiership games but is yet to attune himself with the rest of his backline. If things do click for the Wasps backs this Friday evening, they may well be able to run Leinster close.

In terms of their recent form, Wasps head into this one off the back of a very disappointing 21-35 home defeat to Gloucester.

Verdict: Leinster 1/10
Wasps are likely to struggle here particularly with the mercurial Willie le Roux set to miss out. They may earn a four-try bonus point but I cannot see them getting a win. My money is on Leinster taking this one by nine points or more. 

Written by Darry Worthington for Hollywoodbets

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