La Rochelle vs Racing Metro
Competition: French Top 14 Rugby
Date: 03 December 2016
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
La Rochelle have been chasing down second, and even top, spot over the recent weeks, but their last outing against Bordeaux will be one to forget. Now, after a small break in the Top 14, La Rochelle will want to put out a statement against the defending champions Racing Metro.
La Rochelle have really impressed since their promotion to the Top 14, and have found themselves duking it out with some of the bigger names like Clermont, Montpellier and Toulon. However, they have been prone to a few shockers, and their loss to Bordeaux, which ended 26-0 saw Bordeaux leapfrog them into second as these two recently qualified teams battle it out to be recognised. Even through La Rochelle are in third, they are equal on points with second spot, and as such they will know they cannot afford to drop any more points, even though Racing will not be a walkover.
In saying that, Racing have not been at their best this season as they find themselves in seventh on the Top 14 log with seven wins and five losses. There is easy ground to be made however, if Racing take the initiative as a win here could elevate them up as high as second spot. Racing’s last outing was against strugglers Grenoble, and to be honest, for a home game for the defending champions, it was a little too close for comfort as they ended up winning by five points 29-24. Racing have a chance to enter the upper half of the table, especially with the form that La Rochelle are in, and that they have the home ground advantage, but they will need a good performance.
La Rochelle vs Racing Metro: Current Form
La Rochelle’s most recent loss was a real black mark on their record which now sits at six wins, two draws and four losses. Their five most recent games have seen a really even split as it all started five games ago with a 17-17 draw against Toulon at home, but then they went on to lose two away games and win two home games.
Racing Metro on the other hand are looking like they are on a bit of a streak with five wins in their last six games, the only loss coming two months ago at Brive 25-16.
La Rochelle vs Racing Metro: Prediction
La Rochelle, like most French teams, have looked shocking on the road, and the fact that their form, even at home, has not been spectacular, you have to feel Racing at home will have a huge advantage here. Racing are also a team on the rise, and they will want more than anything to be in the top three or four, and a win here could do that for them. Expect Racing to get back to their best in this game.
La Rochelle vs Racing Metro: Tips
Racing have some real game breakers and try scorers, so after La Rochelle couldn’t even get a point against Bordeaux, expect there to be plenty of points from Racing. Bet on them to score 30+ points.