This weekend's predictions!

23rd Aug 2014, 13:35

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Safe: Money back if Bryan Habana scores first

Safe: Money back if Bryan Habana scores first

It is that time of week where we put our head on the chopping block with our predictions.

It is that time of week where we put our head on the chopping block with Planet Rugby's weekend predictions.

Last week saw the return of the Rugby Championship and the Top 14, and now that we've seen every team in action, it's time to put that knowledge to good use to make you some money.

Picking out the best bets at Paddy Power, our team of writers have dug deep to find you the best value around. Let's get started.

Argentina v South Africa

One can't help feel it will be another tight 80 minutes between these two on Argentinian soil so it might be worth looking at the Pumas (+12).

Argentina to shock their visitors in Salta by 1-5 points is a healthy 17/2 but it is the first try-scorer market where we feel there is value, with Paddy Power so confident a Bok will cross they have priced their wings at 6/1 and 17/2 respectively. Surely Manuel Montero is worth a play after being given 16/1 odds while impressive fly-half Nicolás Sánchez is a good shout at 40/1 - remember his line breaks at Loftus Versfeld?

However our pick for this match, which could be another arm-wrestle, is to utilise the money back offer if a number 11 is the first try-scorer in conjunction with No Try-Scorer at 35/1. That means should Montero or Bryan Habana cross first then your stake will be returned

New Zealand v Australia

Neither side scored a try in Sydney and a draw felt like a crazy possibility, but for those who believe in lightning striking twice the price is 25/1. Australia are 7/2 to win at Eden Park for the first time since 1986, a good reflection of how far they've come in the last year.

'Wincast' bets are especially tempting with this week - we like the look of Aaron Smith to score a try and New Zealand to win at 4/1, with the same outcome for Kieran Read at 5/1. For reference Israel Folau is 9/1 to score and for the Wallabies to win, with the longest odds coming for James Slipper and Sekope Kepu at 45/1.

Look out for Australia leading between 1-7 points at half-time at 4/1, while Julian Savea leads the first try scoring betting at 7/1. No try scorer, like last week in Sydney, is 25/1. A red card offers same odds.

Top 14

Friday night's action kicks off in Toulouse with Castres in town, and after disappointing in round one, both teams need a win.

When there is so much on the line we usually see quite tense affairs, and 7/2 on no tries in the first half seems like a great opportunity to win some cash early.

We also think that Castres +8 at full-time is worth a punt, they have brought all the big guns for this one, and even if they haven't won in Toulouse for the best part of four decades, Guy Novès' men won't scare them.

For those of you after bigger odds, there is value in the first try-scorer market, with Rory Kockott looking up to speed already last week, and having previously used his pace around the breakdown to score at Toulouse. He's certainly worth a look at 33/1, as is Johnnie Beattie at the same price.

Elsewhere Oyonnax travel to Bayonne with renewed confidence after their narrow loss at Toulouse. Why not have a look at 15/8 to pick up a second-ever away win in the Top 14.