I would always advise punters thinking of betting on any upcoming Rugby Union matches or competitions, to spend a little bit of time checking out the futures betting markets being offered by Paddy Power, as there is an excellent chance they will be offering a bet and a bet with decent odds attached to it that you will be interested in placing.
Take for example their French Top 14 betting market that has already gone live, they have the current favourite to win, that being Toulouse on offer at odds of 6/5, which are certainly higher than the odds being offered on that team by other leading bookies.
In fact, some punters have been laying into Clermont Auvergne on the Paddy Power betting markets, for the is an excellent chance that team will win this competition, and those that are using that betting site to place bets on that team are being rewarded for doing so of 7/4.
As for the only other team that is available right now with single-digit odds attached to them, well that is the Racing 92 team, who will of course need a little bit of luck in playing if they are to worry the two teams listed up above, however they may just get that luck and with odds of 8/1 readily available on them that may be a team you do fancy backing.
Next Five Teams in the Betting
Five teams are nestled neatly between the favourites to win and the total outsiders trading with odds of three digits attached to them, the first of those mid-priced teams however is Lyon OU and you can back them right now if you do fancy and rate their chances of success at odds of 12/1.
Not far behind that team you have both La Rochelle and Castres and I do know fans of both of those teams are going to be backing them once they discover they can easily get win odds on either of them as high as 18/1.
Two teams that are fairly easy to dismiss the chances of to be fair are Montpellier and Stade Francais, however whenever odds are being offered on a range of different teams, no matter what the chances of each team are, there will always be punters to back them and those two teams therefore are for reference on offer at odds of 33/1.
You will easily find odds being offered of at least 100/1 on any of the other teams taking part in this competition, and one team that are exactly 100/1 to win it are Bordeaux Begles.
The odds then get even higher on teams such as Toulon who are being touted at win odds of 150/1. As for the chances of the reaming teams, well their respective outright winner odds will give you an idea as to whether anyone is backing them or not!
Those three final teams are Agen, Grenoble and Pau and as for their odds, well they are huge as you can back any of those three teams at massive odds of 500/1!