A huge clash takes place at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday when Saracens go up against Munster for a place in the final of the European Rugby Champions Cup.
Saracens topped Pool 3 – winning all six of their matches – before thrashing Glasgow Warriors 56-27 in the quarter-final to reach the last-four stage for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.
Munster, who had to overcome Exeter Chiefs to top Pool 2, were involved in a much tighter quarter-final, edging past Edinburgh 17-13 to book their semi-final spot for the third year running.
Saturday’s encounter will be the third time these two teams have met in the semi-finals, with Munster winning 18-16 at the Ricoh Arena in 2008, while Saracens secured a 26-10 victory at the Aviva Stadium in 2017.
The English outfit, who are searching for a third European crown, have been in the scoring mood in the competition this season and average more points (34.4) and tries (4.3) per game than any other side.
Fly-half Owen Farrell is Sarries’ top scorer – he has 57 points to his name – and it is 8/5 for the first scoring play to be a Saracens penalty, while it is 3/1 for the try.
Wing Sean Maitland is joint third in the tournament’s try-scoring charts, having crossed the white line four times from five appearances, and he could once again be crucial in helping his side make the final.
Munster fly-half Joey Carbery, who has amassed 70 points so far, is expected to miss the contest due to a hamstring injury, while wing Keith Earls, who scored two tries in the quarter-final win, could feature after returning to training.
The Irish province are appearing in the semi-finals for a record 14th time although they’ve lost each of their last six matches at this stage, and haven’t reached the final since 2008 when they went on to lift the trophy.
Saracens have won three of their last four games against Munster in the competition and Mark McCall‘s men are firm 4/11 favourites to win the game. The draw is priced at 25/1 and the Red Army are a 12/5 chance.