Clermont vs Brive
Competition: French Top 14 Rugby
Date: 16 September 2017
Kick off: 20:45 CET
This is not a game that Brive will be looking forward to seeing as they have collected zero points in three games they now have to go to a massively successful club in Clermont and hope to not get torn apart.
Brive’s horror season has no real excuses as they have had two home games in their opening three encounter and they have also not faced only tough teams. It all started when they took on last season’s table topping La Rochelle at home and lost there in a tight one 10-19, a game they should have at least got a bonus point out of. On the road they faced a fired up Lyon, and also lost, that was a bigger one as they fell 29-14. Finally, they were back at home and facing a rather big club in Racing 92, but this was their worst result to date as they scored only two penalties and were beaten 6-25. Brive are again on the road for another encounter that will be far from easy as a Clermont side awaits that will be ruthless.
In all honestly, Clermont have not had the greatest start to their campaign either, losing both their away games and winning only one which was at home. However, in that win they showed their class as they defeated a very good Toulon team in a tough encounter 21-16. They opened up the season with a tough loss to UBB who flexed their muscle in a 32-25 losing bonus point encounter and then their latest game was a horror show as they traveled to last year’s star performers La Rochelle and were torn apart in a 51-20 hammering. It is strange to see a side like Clermont capitulate like they did, but it will only mean they are more fired up to beat a weak Brive side at home.
Clermont vs Brive: Previous matches
Bordeaux vs Clermont 32-25
Clermont vs Toulon 21-16
La Rochelle vs Clermont 51-20
Brive vs La Rochelle 10-19
Lyon vs Brive 29-14
Brive vs Racing 6-25
Clermont vs Brive: Head to Head Stats
Clermont are easily the dominant force in this encounter as they have won six of their eight games with Brive taking just two. Brive did win the last game they played, but Clermont have always won by big margins.
Clermont vs Brive: Prediction
This could be an ugly one for Brive as they have shown no signs of being a good team yet, and they have had the advantage of two home games to try and prove something. Clermont are coming off a bad date and will bounce back hard at home.
Clermont vs Brive: Betting Tips
- Nick Abendanon to score two tries
- Clermont -22 @ 1.90
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