Munster vs Glasgow Warriors Prediction: Back the Home side to win by 1-12

 | Friday 14th June 2024, 22:18pm

Friday 14th June 2024, 22:18pm

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It is the URC play-off semi-finals this Saturday and our Rugby Union tipster Alex Cox has taken a close look at the second game, which will be broadcast live on Premier Sports 1 from 18:00.

You can check out his thoughts in his Munster vs Glasgow Warriors Predictions for us here at Betfred Insights...

Munster vs Glasgow Warriors Betting Tips

Munster win by 1-12 Margin @ 7/4

The second of the two URC Semi-Finals will take place on Saturday night at Thomond Park in Limerick, with Munster hosting Glasgow. A spot in the URC is at stake and if it's Munster that are victorious, they will play the final at home in Limerick as a result of finishing 1st in the regular season. The Munster fans will be a sea of Red on Saturday evening and will everything possible to guide their side to a second final in consecutive seasons.

Munster will certainly fancy their chances given the home advantage, however they'll also know they can't afford to underestimate the Warriors. They have a great record at home this season, especially since the turn of the year. Despite some early parity, Munster eventually overcame a plucky Ospreys side last week in the Quarter Finals. Munster a very well-balanced side, with a strong pack and a dangerous backline and if Crowley can get onto the front foot, they are extremely hard to stop.

Glasgow finished 4th overall this season, which earned them a home Quarter Final spot against Stormers which they won convincingly 27-10. However, an away trip to an in-form Munster is a step-up and they'll need to find an extra gear on Saturday. They try and play a quick brand of rugby, using their back-row and Tuipolotu to punch up the middle and then isolate defenders in the wide channels. I do believe that Glasgow have the ability to contribute to the scoreline and stay competitive for the first hour, however I think Munster have the stronger bench and  game management to clinch a narrow victory.

Prediction: Munster win by 1-12 Margin @ 7/4

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Team News: 

Munster

Rowntree has made 4 changes to the side that beat Ospreys last week. One of those includes moving the man mountain RG Snyman to the bench, presumably a tactical move to make an impact in the final quarter. Loughman, Scannell and Archer will be in the front-row together. Beirne will have Wycherley as his second-row partner, with Snyman on the Bench. The back-row will be O’Mahony, Hodnett and O'Donoghue- with Coombes on the bench for a late charge.

Casey and Crowley are the half-back pairing as usual, with Kiwi Nankivell reinstated back into the side in the midfield alongside Frisch. Zebo shuffles over to the left-wing this week - in what could be his final match before retirement, and Daly will occupy the other wing with Haley at full-back.

Glasgow

Franco Smith has opted to stick with the same side that dispatched the Stormers last week. That means it will be Bhatti, Matthew's and Fagerson in the front-row, with Cummings and Gray in the second-row. Matt Fagerson and Darge will be on the flanks, with Dempsey at no.8. .

Horne and Jordan remain as the half-backs and will be crucial to Glasgow's chances of reaching the final. It's a Scottish International combination in the midfield with Tuipulotu and Jones, with Steyn and Cancelliere on the wings, leaving McKay at full-back.

Bet reasoning

The recent head to head has seen both sides come up with victories but they have all been by narrow victories. Of those games when Munster were at home, they have won by a 1-12 margin in 4 out of last 5. Considering this is a semi-final, I'm not expecting either side to pull away, or try anything too speculative, but I do see Munster grinding out a victory in the latter stages.

 

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