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

Our Prediction:

Clermont Auvergne will win

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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.

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.

Clermont Auvergne vs Toulon: Betting Tips

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.

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).

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Brive vs ASM Clermont Auvergne Betting Tip, Prediction & Preview

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.

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.