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Munster v Saracens – The Irish v England Round Two

Saturday afternoon will see Europe come to a standstill when Irish rugby giant Munster and English counterparts Saracens face-off in the first of two Champions Cup semi-finals this weekend.

Dublin will be the venue of this decider as the defending champions come up against a home side that have been playing on a wave of emotion since the death of head coach Anthony Foley in October.

Many are backing new Coach, Rassie Erasmus to take his team all the way to the final. He has led the province to their first European semi-final since 2014 and nothing less than a win is expected from the former Springbok now turned coach.

Erasmus’ opposite number Mark McCall himself, is a seasoned campaigner also with an international background as player, who played for Ireland in his younger years.

McCall has taken Saracens to three Premiership titles and one European title when they became the second ever winners of the Champions Cup formerly known as the Heineken Cup.

McCall has warned his team of the threat they will face when heading to Dublin and looking at the stats from past seasons, the Londoners will have their work cut out for them as the away side in this fixture with only 15 of the 42 European Rugby Cup semi-finals ever been won by the away team of which two of those victories came after extra-time.

A number of Saracens players will be returning to Dublin a mere matter of weeks after England were denied a Grand Slam by the Irish, while Wasps also suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Leinster at the Aviva on Saturday.

The fact that Saracens are still on course for a second successive domestic and European double has made the squad hungrier than ever and McCall hopes the fact a lot of his players played in that England against Ireland game is going to help his players get through the special atmosphere with all the emotions surrounding the event on Saturday.

Despite all the emotions the Munster director of rugby and his team has had to deal with this season they now face the possibility of not having Conor Murray and CJ Stander available for the semi-final.

Murray has not fully recovered from the shoulder injury which forced him to miss both Ireland’s win over England in the Six Nations as well as Munster’s quarter-final victory over Toulouse of the Champions Cup.

Stander received an ankle injury against Toulouse and is in a race against time to be fit for the clash with the reigning champions on Saturday.

If you are going to spend a bit on this match then we recommend you have a look at what the Munster v Saracens betting odds will be as they have been bouncing around all week even though the away side are been backed as favourites currently.

One thing is for sure, whoever wins between Munster and Saracens will face either ASM Clermont Auvergne or Leinster Rugby in the Champions Cup final at Murrayfield in May.

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