Clermont vs Toulon
Competition: French Top 14 Rugby
Date: 08 January 2017
Kick-off: 21:00 CET
This is a game of historical importance as Toulon and Clermont are some of the most successful teams of recent history, they are former champions in their own rights, and Clermont are the league leaders, but both of these teams are going through a bit of a lull.
Clermont looked like they were running away with the Top 14 a few weeks ago as they ripped through teams home and away. But now, after a few shock losses against Pau and Bayonne, and their most recent loss to Toulouse, things at the top have gotten shorter as the gap on second is now only six points. Even more worrying for Clermont is that Montpellier as well as La Rochelle are equal on points behind them, and the pack behind that is getting stronger and stronger. Clermont will be desperate for a win, and they will feel there is every chance at home against a wounded Toulon side.
Toulon, as one of the most successful teams in France and Europe recently, won’t be happy with finding themselves in sixth on the log after their most recent loss to Montpellier which was one that could have seen them jump to second had they won, but now, with the tightness at the top of the table, they have fallen sharply. Toulon are a team full of super stars, but they are prone to going through lulls, and this is clearly one of them. They know this has the makings of one of their toughest games, but they need to get up for it.
Clermont vs Toulon: Current Form
Toulon and Clermont both lost their most recent games, and for Toulon it was a critical, yet tough one against Montpellier, but for Clermont it was a slightly simpler one against Toulouse who were languishing a bit before they got their points from this game.
Toulon have lost their last three away games, and drawn the one before that, so they will not be as potent traveling to Clermont.
In the meantime, Clermont Pau, Bayonne and Toulouse in their last five games, meaning that three of their last four losses have been in their last five out of fifteen games.
Clermont vs Toulon: Prediction
Clermont have to keep the lead big at the top of the table, and with their home form being decent, they will feel confident in seeing off a shaky Toulon. Again, the home advantage will be a deciding factor in this one.
Clermont vs Toulon: Tips
Clermont have real strike power out wide in their English wingers David Strettle and Nick Abendanon, bet on either of these two to score tries.