Clermont vs Lyon
Competition: French Top 14 Rugby
Date: 19 November 2016
Kick-off: 17:00 CET
Clermont were absolutely stunned, and a little humiliated, when they badly outplayed by bottom of the log Bayonne, losing that one away from home. They will want to rectify things quickly, especially with the chasing pack of La Rochelle and Toulon cutting the lead on the table.
Clermont were looking near unstoppable in the tace for the Top 14 Cup, and heading to lowly Bayonne, who have only one win to their name, they would have thought it to be a mere formality. Perhaps they were over confident, and the curse of the French away team struck, as the powerhouse of French Rugby succumbed to a 22-14 defeat. Although they took a knock in terms of their lead at the top, Clermont still sit above everyone else with 36 points thanks to seven wins and two draws. They are two points clear of La Rochelle.
Lyon will feel that Clermont are indeed vulnerable, and will feel much happier taking on the giants this week after a loss. However, the fact that it is away from home will weigh on Lyon. Lyon have not won a single game away from home, the closest they got was a draw to Clermont’s conquerors, 22-22 at the beginning of October. Lyon are also coming off their own defeat as the feel agonizingly close, 25-20, to Montpellier – once again, away from home.
Clermont vs Lyon: Current Form
But for a real unexpected loss, Clermont were flying both in the Top 14 and in the European Cup. Their last five games have seen them lose last week, but win four others, including a big away win against Brive.
Lyon, have been a real mixed bag in their last five games. They have two wins, two losses, and going far back, a draw. However, both their losses were away from home which does not bode well for their visit to Clermont.
Clermont vs Lyon: Prediction
Clermont are too good a team to fail twice in a row, especially after a humiliating loss that they suffered to such a poor team. No doubt they will be fixing everything that went wrong and look to strike back hard against a middle of the road Lyon team. Expect Lyon to struggle away from home as Clermont win by 20+
Clermont vs Lyon: Tips
Clermont will also be a bit depleted by international rugby, perhaps that is why they suffered against Bayonne, but they still have enough firepower to score out wide. Look for Nick Abendanon to grab a try, even two.