La Rochelle vs Montpellier
Competition: Top 14
Date: 30 April 2017
Kick-off: 12:30 CET
A massive game is on the cards when these two sides meet as it is now first against second, and a newly placed second-placed team in Montpellier. The visitors will want to stay above Clermont, but it will be tough on the road to La Rochelle.
A Rochelle have been one of the fairy tale sides in this year’s Top 14, they are newly promoted and now have made their way to the top of the log in a competition that is steeped in history and famous clubs. They are also a full nine points clear at the top, ahead of Montpellier, and could widen that gap with an important clash against their opponents this weekend. La Rochelle have been a team that has done well throughout, but the recently made a push and have been beaten all comers in their quest to top the log, overtaking the likes of Clermont, Toulon, Racing Metro and other such big clubs along the way.
For Montpellier, they also have a mission and an agenda to do well this season as it draws to an end as their coach Jake White will be leaving them at the end of the season. He is a man who is used to winning and is one that will not take to losing games and places on the log so close to the end of his tenure. A game against the table topping La Rochelle, at their home ground, with so much on the line, does not get much tougher, but for White, it is a challenge he will be relishing. Montpellier have struggled somewhat away from home, but they have also done enough to earn their spot near the summit of the log, winning just one game less than La Rochelle.
La Rochelle vs Montpellier: Current form
La Rochelle are coming off a rare loss, they fell to Lyon away from home in their last match, but before that they were on a winning streak of 10 games, with a draw making it 11 games without a loss.
Montpellier are red hot in terms of their attack as they have won their last three games by 54 points or more. But all three of those games were at home.
La Rochelle vs Montpellier: Prediction
It is clear that had this game been at home for Montpellier, they would almost definitely be the favourites, they have been really good there and by contrast, really poor on the road. La Rochelle will be happy to face them at home and will feel confident they can extend their lead.
La Rochelle vs Montpellier: Tips
there will still be points in this game as both these teams like to score tries, so bet on at least 65 points being scored on the day.