Edinburgh v Connacht preview

It’s old versus new here as Michael Bradley’s Edinburgh charges welcome his former team and International and province team-mate, Eric Elwood’s unbeaten Connacht team, to Murrayfield on Friday night for what many already deem a bottom of the table clash.(KO, 7.30pm)

The Scottish side have lost their two opening RaboDirect Pro 12 games, losing heavily to Cardiff Blues in the first round and suffered a last-gasp defeat away to another Welsh side, the Ospreys, where they conceded a stoppage time try.

They have now lost their last three matches in the competition. However, their last three home games against Irish opposition have resulted in victory and head coach Michael Bradley remains upbeat and is convinced his troops are on the right course despite the early season blues.

Connacht are hoping to continue their good start to the season and a win would see their best ever start to the league since 2002/2003 where they recorded five wins in a row.

Yet, history is against them, they have not won in Scotland since 2006. In fact, Connacht’s only victory in Murrayfield came in their maiden season in 2005. But a hard fought win away to Treviso and overcoming Scarlets at the Sportsground proves Elwood’s side means business.

The Irish side finished below Edinburgh in the league last season and, in previous fixtures, on the day, it has been the home team which has come out on top. Edinburgh have shipped five tries in two games while Connacht’s steely defense have only lost one so far but both teams are struggling to get the try numbers up.

Bradley and his team will be going all out to avoid a third straight defeat but will have to somehow get past the Irish sides impressive defense and judging by previous results in Murrayfield Connacht will be hoping to create their own piece of history and record a first win in six years.

Verdict: Connacht by 3-5


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