Bayonne vs Clermont
Competition: French Top 14 Rugby
Date: 12 November 2016
It is bottom against top in this clash that will see struggling Bayonne entertain the high flying Clermont team which is bound to cause some problems. Not many team have been as consistently good as Clermont, and in the same breath, not many have been as bad as Bayonne.
Clermont have really laid down a marker in the Top 14, sitting comfortably six points above the chasing pack after 10 games, but also in Europe they have shown their value. After the first two rounds of the European Championship, it emerged that Clermont are real title contenders the way the delt with Castres and Exeter.
Bayonne on the other side look almost set for the drop already, as in their 10 games, they have only won one game, and drawn two. Eight points from 10 games also sees Bayonne a full four points clear from next worst team Grenoble, and although they are looking to stop the rot, they will know that against Clermont, it will be very hard to even survive.
Bayonne vs Clermont: Current form
It is a four match winning streak for Clermont, with three of those games coming at home. Only Toulon have beaten them recently, 23-21 in a tight encounter, and that was their only loss of the entire season. They have only dropped four other points in two draws.
Bayonne, coincidentally, last won a game against Toulon, back in August 28-23. Since then they have drawn two, but also lost seven in that period. It really has been a poor performance from Bayonne since the beginning, and things won’t get better.
Bayonne vs Clermont: Prediction
A simple one to call, Clermont will certainly win, and the away factor that plagues French teams so badly will not have enough of an impact. Bayonne offer nothing much in terms of defence, having conceded 263 points, and Clermont will be licking their lips at that prospect as they average 31 points per game.
Bayonne vs Clermont: Tips
Clermont like to score, and Bayonne like to leak points. It is an easy equation so bet on Clermont scoring at least 40 + points.
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