2018-01-16 by Liam Del Carme
Montpellier v Leinster
Montpellier suffered a humiliating 41-10 defeat at the hands of Exeter Chiefs last weekend. They are however, a side that can turn it on, especially when they play in front of their adoring fans.
Leinster' form is rock solid and they seem to have hit their straps. They vanquished Glasgow Warriors 55-18 in their latest match. This could be the match of the weekend and not much is likely to separate Montpellier and Leinster at final whistle.
Cheetahs v Southern Kings
The Kings fluffed their lines just as the Cheetahs looked vulnerable last weekend. Unlike Benetton Treviso who made the most of the Cheetahs' poor discipline a week earlier, the Kings could not punish the visitors for having only 13 players on the field in the closing minutes. Instead, the Cheetahs dug deep and ran away with the spoils in the closing minutes.The Kings are unlikely to turn things around and they look set to remain winless this weekend.
Clermont v Ospreys
Despite their undoubted pedigree the French side again slipped up away from home in their last match. In a wider context it is worth noting that their season has hit a wobble with four straight defeats. Last year's Champions Cup runners up can however, still qualify for the next stage if they beat the Ospreys. The Ospreys who managed a draw against Saracens last weekend will start underdogs but their challenge should not be dismissed.
Scarlets v Toulon
The Scarlets hit excellent form last weekend. Their 35-17 away win over Bath had most pundits sit up and take notice. They were ruthless in attack and although Toulon possess undoubted pedigree, they have been vulnerable on their travels. Toulon will however bring a measure of confidence into the clash following their 36-0 win over lowly Benetton. The Scarlets however look a handful at the minute.
Wasps v Ulster
Wasps suffered a slightly unexpected reverse at the hands of Harlequins last weekend. Ulster meanwhile, showed more signs of improvement with workmanlike win over French high flyers La Rochelle. Even though Wasps have blown hot and cold this season they should have the measure of the side from Belfast.