Europe's premier club competition is here again for it's 15th incarnation. 24 clubs from 6 different countries will all hope that this year will be the year for them to lift the trophy in Paris next May. The action kicks off this coming Friday with Ulster, who won the tournament in 1999, hosting Bath who put their name on the cup the previous season at Ravenhill, the game will be the firs of 9 potential games for the teams to play if they are going to reach the final. So, which sides are likley to make it to the Final, which sides will spring a surprise and which sides will flatter to decieve in the next few months. I will put forward my thoughts on the tournament and you can agree or, more likley disagree. Pool 1: Treviso, Munster, Northampton, Perpingan At first glance this Pool looks a two horse race with Northampton and Munster the obvious favourites to challenge for the top spot. Treviso won't pose a threat and will enjoy the experience but should look to impress while playing. Don't rule out Perpingan who, like all the French teams, will be a difficult prospect, especially in the South of France. Momentum is key and the first fixture between Northampton and Munster could be the key to who tops the pool. Pool Winner- Northampton Runners Up - Munster Pool 2: Biarittz, Glasgow, Gloucester, NG Dragons This pool will spring the first surprise. Glasgow will have a lot of confidence after an impressive showing in both the Magners League and in last years Heineken Cup and can, and probably should look for a runners up spot as a minimum. Biarittz and Gloucester will fight it out over top spot but, if Glasgow do spring the shock I do think that Gloucester, who have had an indifferent start to the Guiness Premiership, could find themselves out of the tournament in the group stage. Winner- Biarittz Runners Up- Glasgow Pool 3: Ospreys, Clermont Auvergne, Leicester, Viadana Poor Viadana. Being put in this pool is like being dropped into shark infested water with a 20oz sirlion strapped to your head. If they manage even a bonus point I shall be surprised. As for the pool winners it's a tough call, each one of the other 3 sides has the ability to beat each other and it will boil down to their home games and invairably the points difference so the Viadana games become as crucial. Winners- Leicester Runners Up- Ospreys Pool 4: Bath, Stade Francias, Edinburgh, Uslter Another tough pool to call, four teams that, on their day can beat most teams in Europe. Stade Francais and Bath look to be the favourites to compete for top spot in the foursome but like Glasgow, Edinburgh will look to spring an upset or two. Ulster too will be underestimated at their oppositions peril. In the end though I see the overall strength in depth and pure indiviual talent winning through Winners- Stade Francais Runners Up- Bath (qualify as best runner up) Pool 5: Cardiff, Harlequins, Sale, Toulouse All eyes will be on Harlequins this year and not for the best of reasons. After the summer revalations over the "Bloodgate" scandal Quins are looking to rebuild their reputation and will look to prove it infront of Europes best. The other sides in the group should beware of that especially Toulouse as Quins have a habit of shocking the "bigger" teams. After losing some of their big names Sale are, on paper, probably the weaker sides of the group and I doubt they will make an impact in this pool. Winner- Toulouse Runners Up- Harlequins Pool 6: Brive, Leinster. London Irish, Scarlets London Irish could be the most improved side in Europe within the last 12 months. They were close to winning the Premiership playoff final last year and are unbeaten so far in 2009/10. Leinster are defending their crown that they won last year which, as history proves, is a difficult task to achieve. They shouldn't have a problem with that this year. Brive have had a dramatic fall from grace when they were one of, if not the, best side in France a few years ago. The Scarlets are struggling in the Magners Laegue and it won't get easier in this competition. Winners- Leinster Runners Up- London Irish (qualify as best runner up) So there we have it, my look at the pools. Let the arguements begin.