I’ve been feeling in my old bones, for the last few weeks, that this match will provide a surprise win for Ulster. However on viewing the two teams available a small fracture of doubt has appeared.

Regular readers will know that the back line is quite peripheral to who wins the match and, while Ulster’s looks as fine and dandy as it has done in the last few months, I suspect that their influence will be minimal.

The real work is done up front. It is here that teams are vanquished, ground down and bested, and I’m afraid that we are looking rather lightweight, and worryingly so, on the bench for what is sure to be a game of attrition.

However, I think our form over the last two weeks, against Munster and Oyonnax, has been poor because the team has been thinking of this game and we all know that the only thing more important than the forwards in a game is believing that you can win. I think Ulster will be up for this one and that should provide the desired result – but only just.

The FRU Predicts: This match has been playing on Ulster since their t meeting. The Boys from Belfast to produce a surprise win! #SUFTUM.

SARACENS   ULSTER
Ben Ranson 15 Jared Payne
Chris Ashton 14 Andrew Trimble
Marcelo Bosch 13 Luke Marshall
Brad Barritt 12 Stuart McCloskey
Chris Whyles 11 Craig Gilroy
Owen Farrell 10 Paddy Jackson
Richard Wigglesworth 9 Ruan Pienaar
Mako Vunipola 1 Kyle McCall
Jamie George 2 Rory Best
Petrus Du Plessis 3 Wiehahn Herbst
Maro Itoje 4 Alan O’Connor
George Kruis 5 Franco vd Merwe
Michael Rhodes 6 Robbie Diack
Will Fraser 7 Sean Reidy
Billy Vunipola 8 Roger Wilson
Shalk Brits 16 Rob Herring
Richard Barrington 17 Callum Black
Juan Figallo 18 Ricky Lutton
Jim Hamilton 19 Lewis Stevenson
Jackson Wray 20 Clive Ross
Neil Do Kock 21 Paul Marshall
Charlie Hodgson 22 Ian Humphreys
Duncan Taylor 23 Rory Scholes

#SUFTUM