Grenoble vs Racing Metro
Competition: French Top 14 Rugby
Date: 04 March 2017
Kick-off: 18:30 CET
Grenoble are just about keeping their head afloat as they sit a single position off the bottom of the log, but they are under real pressure to not drop to the bottom of the log below Bayonne. They will have a real challenge, even at home, against Racing Metro who look to be building momentum again.
Racing have had a poor season, it must be said, but in their last two games they have picked up two good wins. Both of those games were at home however, and it shows that Racing’s problems have been predominantly because of their poor away from. They are a class team, and they are the current defending champions, so they cannot be written off. However, they need to be more consistent away from home – like a lot of French teams – but they will remain in the middle of the table, currently in seventh, if they cannot pick up the wins against really struggling teams like Grenoble.
Grenoble are battling it out with Bayonne to not be at the bottom of the log, but it is not a good place to be in for either of these teams. In 18 games, Bayonne have only managed to win four games, and that, along with their bonus points, has seen them gain 23 points in total. But, their worry is that below them, on 20 points and well within touching distance is Bayonne. Bayonne have also managed two draws with their four wins, so things are close at the bottom. Grenoble have been slightly better at home than away, but in the end, it has been their defence that has let them down as they have conceded the most points, while still managing to score more points than Toulouse who are in eighth.
Grenoble vs Racing Metro: Current form
Racing are very much a better team at home, and their recent results show that as in the last two games they won – both at home – and the two games before that they lost, both away. In fact, before that they won a game at home against Castres, and then drew with La Rochelle away before that.
Grenoble on the other hand have won two of their four games in their last two home games, but their away games have been dragging them down. Their last four games have seen three away fixtures, which they have all lost, but they will target this home game for a win.
Grenoble vs Racing Metro: Prediction
Racing have shown true weakness away from home, they have barely put on a performance to be proud of when not on their home patch, and even against Grenoble they could struggle. Grenoble have on the other hand beaten the likes of Stade Francais and Toulouse at home recently. It should be an upset, but an expected home win.
Grenoble vs Racing Metro: Tips
Grenoble like to attack, and with Racing being a little confused in their game this year, they could make a few decisive breaks. Bet on Grenoble scoring over 35 points.