Agen vs La Rochelle
Competition: French Top 14 Rugby
Date: 16 September 2017
Kick off: 18:00 CET
La Rochelle are again looking like a good bet to be near the top of the log when the regular season ends. Although they have lost a game, they have done well and will be targeting this away game against Agen for a win.
Beginning with two games on the road, and then having to come home to face the mighty Clermont, you could excuse La Rochelle for thinking they may have a horror start to the season after they topped the log last year. However, they have proved their calibre already this year by making it two from three with an away win to boot. They began away, at Brive, and found no difficulty there as they ground out a tight 19-10 win. Next up was their second away game on the trot and that was too Stade Francais. The Paris side have been a little poor already, but they are always a force at home and La Rochelle lost there 35-24. Finally, they had their best performance so far as they reached 50 points against Clermont in a fantastic 50-20 win against the French giant.
Agen have done what they have needed thus far in the competition. It is only three games in and they have at least won a game after coming up from the lower leagues. They did win at home, and to be fair in a French Top 14, that is the only real expectation for lower ranked sides. Agen did however impresses in that win at home as they were up against another French giant in Racing 92 and beat them by a slender four points in a 23-19 victory. Their first game was a mauling by a very strong Montpellier side where they lost 48-19, but their most recent game, a loss to another recently promoted club in Oyonnax, was a frustrating one as they fell just two points short 12-10. La Rochelle will be a test on the same level as Montpellier, but at least they will have home comforts.
Agen vs La Rochelle: Previous games
Montpellier vs Agen 48-19
Agen vs Racing 23-19
Oyonnax vs Agen 12-10
Brive vs La Rochelle 10-19
Stade Francais vs La Rochelle 35-24
La Rochelle vs Clermont 51-20
Agen vs La Rochelle: Head to Head Stats
These teams have only ever crossed paths twice, in one season, and it was honours even as they both won their respective home games. This was back in the 2015/16 season.
Agen vs La Rochelle: Prediction
Agen will feel they do have a chance at home against La Rochelle, and usually they would be right, but this La Rochelle team is fired up after a huge win at home, and they have beaten toughest teams away already this season. It could be a close win for the visitors.
Agen vs La Rochelle: Betting Tips
- La Rochelle -4.5 @ 1.85
- Paul Jordaan to score
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