Castres vs Stade Francais
Competition: French Top 14 Rugby
Date: 18 March 2017
Kick-off: 18:30 CET
The rumblings are that Stade Francais may not have a side to play this game as they are striking currently. There are big upheavals in Paris in the rugby community and Stade Francais are at the centre of that, for Castres, that probably means either easy points, or forfeited points.
There was a stunning announcement out of Paris that the rivals clubs of Racing Metro and Stade Francais would merge to form one team. It was a move out of nowhere and it was a move that has annoyed the players, meaning half a squad from each side will be having to look for a new job. News is that there has been no training at Stade Francais as they have decided to strike in protest to this secret agreement that was announced to them at the same time as the rest of the world. Internationals such as Will Genia and Willem Alberts are already packing their bags.
For Castres, it is not something that can really affect them, other than there might not be any opponents come Saturday, but they need to prepare as best they can anyway as they have been good recently, despite a loss away at Pau. Castres have made their way up into the upper reaches of the Top 14 log. Pau recently overtook them with the win that had a direct effect on the formerly higher placed Castres, but Castres are still well placed. Sitting in fifth, a win, or even a forfeited haul of points, could put Castres into third and above Montpellier who are on 55 points. Catres are back at home, where they have been good, and that means Stade are away where they have not won this season.
Castres vs Stade Francais: Current form
Castres, before their tight loss away from home against Pau, were all the way up in the top four, and that came thanks to a good run of games. They beat Clermont, Bordeaux and Montpellier prior to Pau, and that was with an away game.
For Stade, they have won only one game in their last five, and although they have had three away games and two home, they have also lost at home in that haul of five.
Castres vs Stade Francais: Prediction
The real prediction here is to whether there will be a game at all. But you can definitely bet that Castres will walk away from points. If Stade do not pitch, it will be points to Castres, and if they do play, Castres will beat a distracted Stade side that hate to travel.
Castres vs Stade Francais: Tips
There will be a market or bet on this game not happening, that is your best bet by far.