Sky Bet's rugby union expert wonders how last week's performances will affect this weekend's games.
By Jordan Fiddes - Twitter: @SkyJordanFiddes
Last Updated: 12/12/13 10:34am
It's dark outside and things look gloomy for one of England's form sides in this year's Heineken Cup.
While temperatures drop, Northampton Saints have struggled to keep up the heat on leaders Leinster in Pool One.
They take on the Irish flyers in Dublin this week in a desperate attempt to get their European campaign back on track.
That's a stark contrast from the 1/33 odds they were in their last Premiership outing against Worcester, highlighting the gulf in class in this year's Heineken Cup.
With the new signings made by the Saints hierarchy, there were high hopes of European success this year and they'll need a win here to finally stamp their mark on the 2013/14 competition.
Business as usual
It's expected to be a much tighter affair between two giants of the European game as Perpignan host Munster at the Stade Aime Giral.
The two-time winners of the famous trophy, Munster travel across the border at the top of Pool Six and safe in the knowledge that they have lost just twice against this weekend's opponents.
A comfortable victory over the Frenchmen last week puts Munster in good stead to progress once again and at even money they are a good bet to double your money this weekend.
The bookies have trimmed Connacht's odds dramatically after their shock win over Toulouse last weekend.
The problem facing the Irish side is how much that loss will motivate Toulouse and, if history is anything to go by, you would expect the French side to overcome the -11 handicap.
Where we witnessed a shock in France, it was a thriller also at Welford Road last weekend as Leicester made it hard for themselves against a determined Montpellier side.
On the road this weekend, Leicester have had their odds severely trimmed and they will come up against a French outfit who will be buoyed by their comeback in the second half.
DOUBLE: Munster and Leicester both to win 2/1