Harlequins vs Toulouse prediction: Quins can down French giants

 | December 16 | 

2 mins read

Rugby Union Generic

Harlequins' win at Racing was one of the results of the opening round of the European Champions Cup, but things don’t get any easier as Toulouse head to Twickenham Stoop on Sunday.

Quins took advantage of the slick surface under the roof at Paris la Defense Arena to run in four tries, while they also demonstrated the excellent game management and grit they have lacked in the past to hold on for a 31-28 victory.

Toulouse recorded their one bonus point victory by taking Cardiff apart 52-7 in their first game, the highest winning margin of the opening round, but have lost their last three away games.

The record five-time winners of this competition are missing a few of their big names, but have still selected an incredibly strong line-up for Sunday's game.

However, the current confidence about Quins is hard to ignore and they can make it two wins from two Pool 2 matches.

Harlequins vs Toulouse Betting Tips:

  • Harlequins to win by 1-12 points inclusive @ 21/10

Team News

Harlequins have made three changes from their win in Paris, with Will Collier returning to the squad and starting at tighthead prop.

Flanker James Chisholm earns his first start of the season, while Will Porter replaces Danny Care at scrum-half and will partner number 10 Marcus Smith, who notched 16 points during the win in Paris.

Toulouse remain without their own star fly-half, Romain Ntamack, due to a knee injury.

That means that Thomas Ramos continues in the halves alongside Antoine Dupont and Blair Kinghorn, who scored two tries on debut against Cardiff, keeps the shirt at full-back.

Match Odds

Harlequins are 21/20 to win on Sunday, with Toulouse, who have won both of their previous trips to the Stoop, are 5/6.

The tie is 18/1, while Toulouse are 10/11 carrying a -1 handicap.

Harlequins to win by 1-12 points inclusive @ 21/10

Toulouse may have a decent record at Twickenham Stoop, but the most recent of their wins was in 2011, making it tough to gain too much from the pair's head-to-head history.

However, their away record has to be considered and, despite the class running through their side, there are always doubts over Top 14 teams' ability to produce the goods on the road both in domestic and continental competitions.

Their hosts on Sunday were outclassed 38-10 at home by Saracens in November, but subsequently beat Sale 36-3 on their patch and have also defeated both Newcastle and Exeter at home this season.

Confidence is clearly flowing through their squad and summer coaching arrival Billy Millard has toughened up a team that lost 11 times in the league last season.

Their performances against Sale and Racing were excellent and a three-peat beckons for the West London outfit.

Harlequins to win by 1-12 points inclusive vs Toulouse at 21-10

Check out the rest of our Rugby Union Betting Tips here.

Share Article

(Visited 160 times, 1 visits today)