Lyon vs Castres
Competition: French Top 14 Rugby
Date: 03 December 2016
Kick-off: 18:30 CET
Castres will be feeling good about themselves after putting Toulon on the backfoot in an excellent game at home for them, a game that has seen them shoot up to sixth in the log, only a point behind the French Giants Toulon. Against Lyon, they will feel they have a chance at scoring consecutive wins.
Lyon are languishing a bit near the foot of the table. They find themselves in 11 with four wins, and six losses – as well two draws. SInce being promoted to the Top 14, Lyon’s problem has really been their away from as they have not won a single game on the road, their best result being a draw against other promoted team Bayonne where they tied 22-22 at the Stade Jean Dauger. The other problem however is that Lyon’s form at home has not even been that impressive though as they have lost some games they probably should not have, as well as picking up a poor draw in their first game of the season.
For Castres, they were also having problems at the beginning of the season, but it was a bit of a good spurt in the European Cup that seemed to spark a revival. They may not have had all the results go their way, but their style of play has been much more secure. But again, like many French teams, their problems have also come on the road as they still have not won a game away from their home stadium. Strangely enough, their best result on the road was also a draw against Bayonne, 12-12. Regardless, Castres have looked close at a win or two on the road, and Lyon will be one that they are targeting.
Lyon vs Castres: Current Form
Lyon have only got four wins in 12 games, and they last time they won was a pretty good one against Toulon – at home of course – 27-13 three games ago. In their last six games they have won both home games, lost three away games – the most recent being a close 16-13 loss against league leaders Clermont, and drawn the game at Bayonne.
Castres have also lost all their away games in the most recent five, but that equates to four home wins and two away losses.
Lyon vs Castres: Prediction
The away game curse seems to affect both of these teams quite badly, and although Lyon are a struggling team, they could still use their advantage here and beat Castres. However, Castres must feel that they are better than their opposition and can pick up their first away win in this game. Castres should just win this one.
Lyon vs Castres: Tips
Castres are the better team, and you have to feel that they are good enough to beat Lyon – bet on a close win for the visitors.