Leinster vs. Munster Betting Preview – PRO14 Semi-Final (September 4, 2020)

| September 3, 2020 2:49 am PDT

Irish provincial rivals Leinster and Munster clash in the first PRO14 semi-final this Friday, September 4, at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. 

This tie marks the third straight PRO14 semi-final between these two sides. In 2019, Leinster pushed their oldest rivals aside with a commanding 24-9 win to book a place in the Grand Final. The year prior, the Leinster boys were made to work harder for a 16-15 victory at the RDS.

Can we expect it to be third time lucky for Munster? Or is this Leinster side just too good for their peers? It’s going to be an interesting, hard-fought game as always. But the cream will rise to the top.

Check out the latest odds for Leinster vs. Munster before I give you my prediction for this eagerly anticipated PRO14 semi-final clash.

Latest Leinster vs. Munster Odds

Leinster to Win-333
Munster to Win+275
Draw+1700

Leinster’s odds to beat Munster on September 4 come in at -333. A fair representation of the gulf in class between both sides? Maybe. 

Munster’s odds to beat Leinster (+275) are, at the very least, giving some bettors reason to believe it could be a good day for the southern province. 

But Leinster’s odds are not going to be everyone’s liking, even if they are balanced. When you take the results of recent games between the two teams into account – as well as the pure dominance of this Leo Cullen’s men over the course of this fractured campaign – it is hard to look past them in this game.

Munster has just two wins from twelve attempts against their inter-provisional foes. The most recent of those matches was a 26-17 win at Thomond Park in the 2018/19 PRO14 regular season, with help from first half sins bins for Cian Healy and Tadgh Furlong, as well as a red card for James Lowe.

The line for this game has been set at 8 points. You can get odds of -110 for Leinster -8 points, and the same odds for Munster with an eight-point head start. 

Leinster vs. Munster Preview

What can I write about this Leinster team that has not already been said thousands of times before? The short answer is nothing. Those who reshape and rebrand the obvious into some original “hot take” always return to hyperbole, and I’m no different.

But it must be said – Cullen’s men are a class act, miles ahead of their peers. Even if several of the players that have stockpiled silverware into the D4 trophy room over the past decade or more are approaching the end of their careers, the Leinster academy keeps churning out quality talent on an annual basis. At the risk of flirting with hyperbole myself, Leinster’s dominance looks here to stay.

Irish rugby’s darlings have a perfect record in the PRO14 this year, winning every one of their 15 games. Their victory over Ulster last weekend made it 23 wins on the bounce in all competitions. They have accumulated an exceptional 315 points difference in Conference A and have achieved a lot of that with the absence of several star players.

With their first XV set to feature against Munster in the first of the competition’s semi-finals this weekend, what can the southern province do to prevent Leinster edging closer to a third straight PRO14 title and a ninth final in eleven years?

Well, I wouldn’t write Munster off completely. They will make this a tough contest, as they always do. Historically, games between these old rivals tend to be close encounters with little to separate them in terms of points, and I don’t see this being much different.

Munster will enter the contest without one of their star signings, RG Snyman, who will be on the sidelines for some time following a cruciate ligament tear. Dave Kilcoyne and Jean Kleyn are also injury concerns, but the return of Tadhg Beirne is a huge boost.

It’s Hard to Back Against Leinster

Leinster made 15 changes for their win over Ulster on the weekend and will be much fresher for this fixture. Munster, who will feature most of the same side that played against Connacht on Sunday, also has one less day to prepare.

Munster are on the right track, but I don’t see them ending their PRO14 semi-final hoodoo on Friday. That’s not to say that they are not capable of winning this game. They are, with quality like Damian de Allende, Chris Farrell, Andrew Conway, Peter O’Mahony, and CJ Stander good enough to walk into almost any side in the competition.

But Leinster is just on a different level right now. With James Lowe, Garry Ringrose, Jordan Larmour, Robbie Henshaw, Josh van der Flier, and a few more big-game players desperate for more silverware, they are as dangerous as it gets.

It’s hard to bet against Cullen’s men. In terms of the full package, there is not another team in the Northern Hemisphere better equipped. Professionally, they are the benchmark for success. They are serial winners, and they should prove that on Saturday. Here comes that hyperbole word again…

It might not be pretty, but I’ll take Leinster to win with a gap of one to twelve points.

Pick
  • Leinster to Win by 1-12 Points
    +170

Finding the Best Rugby Odds and Bets

The PRO14 is drawing to a close, but there is plenty of rugby left to be played in competitions such as the European Rugby Champions Cup, England’s Premiership, the Six Nations, and France’s Top 14.

You can find top odds and bets for these tournaments and more via these recommended sports betting sites

Leinster is a few games away from completing another domestic and European double. Can they do it, or will they come up short? We will find an answer to that question on Friday.

Enjoy the game!

Adam Haynes

Adam is a sports writer and tipster with a strong background in MMA, boxing, and combat sports.

When Adam isn't writing about those, as well as politics, rugby, and Gaelic Games, he can be found working on methods and strategies to beat the bookies.

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