The new European Champions Cup starts on 17th October 2014, and this is the competition that is the direct replacement for the old Heineken Cup.
The new format sees 20 sides qualify for the tournament. They are broke up into 5 groups of 4, with the 5 groups winners and 3 best runners-up all qualifying for the 8 quarter-final spots.
European Champions Cup Betting
Favourites to land the brand new European Champions Cup are French side, Toulon. Their odds start at around 5/2, moving up to a best price of 16/5 with Sportingbet.
Toulon won the last ever Heineken Cup, so they are basically the reigning European Champions. Since lifting the last Heineken Cup last May, Toulon have lost the now retired Jonny Wilkinson, but they still boast an embarrassment of riches, and are still the team to beat.
Second favourites are Northampton, who find themselves a best price of 7/1 to win the cup outright with Winner.