Stade Francais vs Toulon
Competition: French Top 14 Rugby
Date: 24 September 2017
Kick off: 16:50 CET
Stade Francais will be dreading the thought that this could be another poor season for them after they struggled last year. They are currently second from bottom on the log with just one win, and will be desperate for a big scalp like Toulon’s.
Opening up with two home games to the season, Stade would have been relishing a chance at stamping their authority as a major player in this season’s tournament, however, it was not to be as they were taken down by a rampant, traveling Lyon a little unexpectedly. It was a nine point loss, but it was a damaging one. They did however bounce back as they then took down the mighty La Rochelle by 11 points at home and looked a much better outfit, however two away games followed and it was downhill again. Bordeaux took apart Stade by 20 points with a clinical performance before they were totally hammered by Toulouse who managed to score over 50 points against them racking up a 36 point win there. They are back at home, but they are facing a traditional French giant in Toulon, so this will be a major test.
Toulon have been mediocre as it stands on the log as they have done the usual French trick and won their home games while losing their away game, however it must be said that they have had a tough draw in terms of opposition. They opened up with a home game against Pau which was an easy introduction into the tournament as they beat them 27 points. The it was away to Clermont for battle royale which they lost by just five points. Those were the next team to visit, and it was a win this time at home for Toulon, but another tight one – this time four points. Finally, they got a bit of a rude awakening in their last game as they took on Montpellier Iler on the road and were smashed by 23 points. Away again for this game, they will be hoping that they have enough to beat Stade, or that Stade do not pitch up, which is quite like them.
Stade Francais vs Toulon: Previous games
Toulon vs Pau 41-14
Clermont vs Toulon 21-16
Toulouse vs Toulon 20-16
Montpellier vs Toulon 43-20
Stade Francais vs Lyon 16-25
Stade Francais vs La Rochelle 35-24
Bordeaux vs Stade Francais 30-10
Toulouse vs Stade Francais 53-17
Stade Francais vs Toulon: Head to Head Stats
It is all pretty much even when it comes to the historically head to head stats in this encounter as in the last 10 games each side has won five a piece. What is more interesting however is that in those five games each, both teams have managed two away wins each.
Stade Francais vs Toulon: Prediction
Stade really have not been good this year to begin with, but they showed, even last year, that they can really be a different team when they are at home and when they are up for it. Toulon have also shown they do not like to travel away do this game should be a straight forward win for the home side.
Stade Francais vs Toulon: Betting Tips
- Chris Ashton to score
- Stade Francais to win @1.80
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