Leinster vs Sale Prediction: Leinster can outmuscle toothless Sharks

 | December 15 | 

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It does not get much tougher in club rugby than an away clash at Leinster but that’s just where an understrength Sale Sharks are headed in the European Champions Cup on Saturday evening.

The Sharks will head to the RDS Main Arena on the back of a 28-5 home win over Stade Francais, while Leinster made a statement with a 19-6 success at reigning champions La Rochelle in the first round.

While Sale have impressed at the AJ Bell Stadium this season, they have been blown off the field on a couple of occasions on their travels this term.

Coming up against a Leinster lineup that would be contenders in the upcoming Six Nations, the Sharks will have their work cut out to keep the score down in Dublin.

Leinster vs Sale Prediction

  • Leinster -27 Handicap @ 11/10

Team News

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has named an unchanged back three from the side that beat La Rochelle, with Hugo Keenan, Jordan Larmour and Jimmy O’Brien retained.

After starting on the bench last time out, Ciaran Frawley is named at fly-half alongside scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park.

Tom Clarkson is set to make his European debut at prop, while Jason Jenkins and Josh van der Flier come in as the other changes to the pack.

As for Sale, Alex Sanderson has shuffled his pack for the trip across the Irish Sea.

Ernst van Rhyn, Sam Bedlow, Arron Reed and Rob du Preez have all been named in the starting lineup.

Raffi Quirke has been named alongside Du Preez in the halfbacks, while Jean-Luc du Preez returns after a hamstring injury to make the bench.

There are some notable big-name omissions from the squad with England’s George Ford and Manu Tuilagi not making the trip.

Match Odds

Leinster are 1/200 to make it two wins from two in the Champions Cup this season, while Sale are 20/1 to pull off what would be the shock result of the round.

A tie on Saturday evening in Dublin is available at 25/1.

Leinster -27 Handicap @ 11/10

With Sale going into this game without the likes of Ford and Tuilagi, it looks like the Sharks are focusing on more winnable games down the line.

It’s disappointing to see an understrength Sale side named for this tough-looking trip, as the Champions Cup should be the pinnacle of the sport for clubs in the northern hemisphere.

Sale’s selection policy won’t be of any concern to Leinster who look capable of racking up the points against the English outfit on Saturday.

The Sharks have already suffered a 43-0 loss at the Exeter Chiefs and a 36-3 thrashing at Harlequins this season in the Premiership.

Road games have been an issue for Sanderson’s side at times this season and another heavy defeat looks to be on the cards for the Sharks this weekend.

Leinster look to be good value at 11/10 to overcome the -27 handicap on offer at RDS Main Arena.

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