Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: PRO14 Final: Leinster v Edinburgh Preview

PRO14 Final: Leinster v Edinburgh Preview



Darry Worthington previews the 2019/20 PRO14 final, which is being played at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday the 12th of September.

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After an extremely disrupted season, the 2019/20 PRO14 campaign will come to a close this coming Saturday with undefeated Leinster taking on a fierce local rivals Ulster.

The hosts head into this one as strong favourites with the 'books having completely dominated this season.

Will Leinster live up to their billing or will underdogs Ulster upset the applecart two weeks in a row.

Leinster v Edinburgh
Saturday 12 September
Aviva Stadium

To Win (80 Mins)
Leinster 1/5
Draw 25/1
Ulster 26/10

Handicap
Leinster
Ulster

*Handicap to be added upon release

Leinster
To say Leinster have been a cut above this campaign would be a massive understatement. The reigning PRO14 champions are yet to lose a game this term. In fact, they last lost a PRO 14 game way back in April 2019 where they were beaten 13-14 by - and this part is rather ironic - Ulster.

There's a reason why Leinster have been all-conquering for so long and that is their deep squad. They have at least two quality players covering each position while star players like Johnny Sexton, Robbie Henshaw, Gary Ringrose and Devon Toner make them real world-beaters.

In terms of last weekend's semi-final, Leinster had no real troubles getting one over domestic foes Munster as they ran out 13-3 victory in a rather attritional affair. Johnny Sexton was on song with the boot last weekend and you can expect him to play a big role this coming Saturday as well. 

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Ulster will be looking to pull off a minor miracle when they take to the Aviva. The underdogs have relished that tag thus far as they pulled off a massive shock when they beat Edinburgh 19-22. The Irish province looked dead and buried headed into the final quarter as they were 12 points down and were struggling to contain Edinburgh's marauding backs. 

Two rolling maul tries sparked the Ulster comeback which saw them draw level with a couple minutes on the board. A late penalty gave replacement ten Ian Madigan the chance to win the game and he made nos mistake slotting a long-range penalty. The result will have done wonders for Ulster's confidence headed into Saturday. 

Stats That Matter
- As noted earlier, Ulster are the last team to beat Leinster in the PRO14 winning 13-14back in April 2019. 

-The two sides met twice this season with Leinster winning both games. They won the first which was played at the Sportsground, 10-28 and the return leg at the Aviva 54-42.

-Leinster have won four of the last five games between the sides with their lowest winning margin being by 3 points and the highest being by 33 points.

- In the head to head games between the sides Leinster average 31.2 points per game while Ulster average 18.2 points per game

Verdict: Leinster (-)
I'm on the Leinster minus here. They have a quality goal-kicker in Johnny Sexton and I think his boot will take the game away from Ulster.

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