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

Our Prediction:

Clermont Auvergne will win

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

Two poor sides here but you have to think that the home side are going to be up against it if they want tho get anything from this game. I reckon te away team are by far the better side and i think they will run away with the scoring here a little and this could be a very one sided match.

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 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.

ASM Clermont Auvergne vs Racing 92 Predictions and Betting Tips: Clermont Eyeing Comfortable Semi-Final Spot

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).

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.

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.

Pronostic Clermont - Pau

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.

They have only managed to win 10 of their 22 domestic fixtures and they only made it to the Champions Cup play-off stage by virtue of a losing bonus point, which they claimed during their final Pool phase game against Saracens. As I mentioned in the introduction, Toulon have failed to live up to the lofty expectations that are always placed upon them.