Clermont Auvergne (@1.06) vs Pau (@10.0)

Our Prediction:

Clermont Auvergne will win

Clermont Auvergne – Pau Match Prediction | 14-09-2019 12:00

A loss of form to various key players, as well as controversy off the pitch ( Johan Goosen, Dan Carter and now the merger debacle) have ultimately led to some very average performances. Racing have been abysmal this season and, twenty games in, last seasons champions find themselves sitting in ninth position. With Dimitri Szarzewskis men now also out of Europe, they will focus all of their attention on their domestic performances until the season comes to a close.

However, on the European stage things are a little different and Auvergne have looked a side capable of going all the way. Three wins in a row has also gone a long way to significantly boosting Franck Azmas mens morale and right now the hosts are one of European Rugbys form sides. Racing 92 will run them close but few can argue that Clermont have the pack to deal with whatever Racing throw at them and with a baying home crowd behind them, it will be all smiles in Auvergne come the Sunday night in an open an intense but enjoyable affair. ASM will be glad the tie is played on home soil as domestically this season their opponents hold the positional advantage. This is why 10Bets best Rugby Union betting odds are the way to go especially in the outright match winner market.

Clermont v Toulon, Preview & Prediction

Clermont would have been disappointed with their opening game as they went down to Bordeaux, all though it was away from home, they are still a championship side and a win first out the gate would have been exactly what they were after. For Clermont, it is about maintaining their consistency through the season, as even last year, after starting so brightly, they soon fell off the pace and dropped down the table a bit. They are back at home, and are ready to face a Toulon side that, with early indications, seem to be back in the mix after an indifferent regular season last year. Although they managed a bonus point, by losing within seven in the 32-25 defeat, Clermont will be kicking themselves for a game of much more importance in terms of early dominance.

With both Stade and Racings fixtures against Castres and Montpellier postponed respectively, they will resume this weekends fixtures with much riding on their results. Racing 92When Racing president Jacky Lorenzetti announced last Monday that his club had reached an agreement with Stade Francais to merge together and form one side, the hostile reception that it was met with was second-to-none and understandably so. Pape described the proposed merger as a Racing take-over in disguise, as he, along with numerous other people associated with Stade, believed the much richer Racing would invariably assume complete control over the new club. Stades players, led by veteran Pascal Pape, staged a revolt and threatened to boycott their next game against Castres to demonstrate their disgust which they proceeded to do.

Expect Les Jaunards to exploit Racings defensive frailties this weekend. The confidence of the Clermont backs will stand them in good stead against a Racing side that has been haemorrhaging tries of late. Scott Spedding made a welcome return from Six Nations action with a try off the bench, while former Saracens man, David Strettle, as well as former European Player of the Year, Nick Abendanon also nabbed five-pointers of their own.

ASM Clermont Auvergne vs Racing 92 Preview

The Champions Cup provides them with the opportunity to stay in the hunt for a double, and you can bet your bottom dollar that this Clermont outfit, who have been dubbed The Perpetual Bridesmaids by segments of the French rugby press, will be going all out to secure some form of silverware. They will be huge runners to achieve this if they can replicate their Pool phase form. Despite their dip in form, Clermont still sit second on the Top 14 log and have all but assured themselves a place in the play-offs.

The signs are that this season may be different with a host of new stars, none more so than winger Chris Ashton who scored a brace on debut in their 41-14 win at home against Pau. They will have to be at their best with a trip to Clermont where the away fans are very patriotic and will cause the Toulon side to feel on the back foot. Toulon on the other had had a poor regular season but still made it to the finals of the Top 14, and as such, can count the season a success however their consistency was also the problem as they threw games away that they would usually win. Toulon were rampant in their win at home, and put on a show that looked a lot like the ones people are accustomed to from this massive club.

The road to this stage has been long for both Clermont and Racing 92 but now the final at the San Mams Stadium in May is within touching distance. Both sides will be up for the battle with the ASM Clermont Auvergne vs Racing 92 Prediction set for a thrilling contest with nothing left to chance. This seasons European Rugby Championship is drawing ever nearer to a close and the tournament has been whittled down from 20 sides to just eight.

Clermont Auvergne vs Toulon: Head to Head Stats

Current coach, Mike Ford, is set to be replaced at the end of the season by former France captain, Fabien Galthie while the likes of Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell and James OConnor may be on their way out of the club. ToulonThe big spenders have endured a horrific season by their standards, with off-field scandals and uncertainties over the players and coaching staffs futures hampering their cause.

ClermontAs per usual, this Clermont machine continues to grind out impressive wins in their round-robin fixtures. However, despite some fabulous wins this season, Clermont sit in second place and find themselves a mammoth eight points behind the high-flying La Rochelle, who are having a dream season. Stand-in skipper Morgan Parra will want a repeat of last weekends performance (a 65-13 demolition of Pau), where his forwards played a bruising brand of rugby to set the platform for his backs to express their talents (which they did, as no fewer than five backline members crossing the whitewash).

Both sides will head into this game in relatively good form, but it is the home side who have claimed three wins in their last three outings. The two are also very familiar with each other playing against one another in the French Pro 14 league on a regular basis. That will essentially cancel out any advantage there but as we have highlighted before in our best rugby union betting previews, home turf can play a vital role and that looks to be the difference between these two sides in a tight affair.

Pronostic Clermont - Pau

Toulon could still win this won, and that would be disastrous for Clermont as they would hit an early slump. The safe money is on a home win though. The homeground will have a big say in things, and it will be a deciding factor in if Clermont is having a good start, or a slow start to the season.

This current crop is a different breed, however, and I just dont think they have the team spirit nor determination to pull off an upset. Havent got an account?Openone here! Verdict: Clermont 3/10Toulon teams of the past could have pulled this one off despite playing this poorly. I will be having two stikes on this game; a big go on the Clermont win at 3/10 and then a moderate punt on Clermont to clear the handicap. Bet on this match now!