Pau vs Lyon
Competition: French Top 14 Rugby
Date: 12 February 2017
Kick-off: 12:30 CET
Pau have pulled off one or two pretty impressive results in recent time and as such have been rewarded with a bit of a march up the table with the potential to climb some more spots should they beat a Lyon side that is third from the bottom.
Lyon may be third from the bottom, but they are still a good way off from being second or last. Below them sit Grenoble, a full 10 points back and then there is Bayonne a further three points behind. But despite being away from the bottom two, Lyon have not exactly set the world on fire and they will have a tough time facing Pau who have come into much better form. The thing for Lyon is they have a chance to charge up the table themselves if they pick up a good win or two as five points from this game could actually put them above Pau who have 37 points.
Pau are on a run of four from four wins and those wins were against some very good teams and included two away wins which is nearly unheard of in the French Leagues. They first stunned many by beating the top placed Clermont, then went on to defeat Bordeaux by two points, away from home, then they downed Montpellier and finally took on Toulouse and beat them away from home in their last game. There is no doubting Pau are in a rich vein of form, and as such, being at home, and facing a team like Lyon, they will be the favourites to win this one.
Pau vs Lyon: Current form
Lyon are on their own rise in form winning their last two game, which were both at home, after losing the two games prior to that.
But of course, Paus form cannot be bettered in the Top 14 with their four wins in a row including two away wins.
Pau vs Lyon: Prediction
Patterns are hard to predict especially in the Top 14, and just when you think you are on to one, it will fall away. So Pau need to fall soon, but it would be foolish to bet against them for this game. They have everything on their side and Lyon are not such a good side. It should be a comfortable win for the motivated Pau.
Pau vs Lyon: Tips
There are some superstars in Pau that are championing their revival, such as Conrad Smith Colin Slade and Steffan Armitage. Bet on either of these three to cross the tryline.