Racing Metro vs Clermont
Competition: French Top 14
Date: 25 February 2017
Kick-off: 14:45 CET
In terms of French rugby in general, this is a massive clash, unfortunately, as Clermont continue to lose form, and Racing stay down near mid table, this clash does not have the same importance as it would usually have.
In saying that, Clermont have a lot to prove when they have to travel to a Racing side that loves a home game and seem a totally different side when they do not have to take to the road. Racing are recent winners of the competition, and have always been a major force in both France and Europe, but their performances this season have been nothing less than poor. Out of the 14 teams, Racing are all the way down in ninth spot and have not done well as they should or could have. Poor games away from home have hampered their cause and their recent form has been nothing to write home about.
For Clermont, they were flying high through the early stages of the competition, in fact there was a time where they were seemingly unstoppable and really on their way to the top spot and the title of the Top 14. However, things have slipped, and the dominant Clermont side have slipped up against teams that they should never have lost against. They have also lost top spot to La Rochelle who have had their own late season surge to top the log after a run of over eight games unbeaten. Clermont are a proud team, and despite the log position, they will want to prove their worth against a popular team and rival.
Racing Metro vs Clermont: Current form
Racing have lost their last two game, and that included a home game, but that home game was against La Rochelle, however before that they won their last two, and those were at home.
For Clermont, after giving up top spot, they have lost far too many games. The smashed Pau at home, but they also lost to Montpellier at home in their last two games. They also lot to Castres away but won against Bayonne at home before that.
Racing Metro vs Clermont: Prediction
Racing are a very different side at home, but they have shown they are a little vulnerable when they face sides that are at the top of their game. Clermont may not be at their best but they are still a good side that deserves their spot in the top two sides in the Top 14. Expect it to be a tight game with a lot of pride but the home team will win.
Racing Metro vs Clermont: Tips
There are a lot of try scoring options in these teams but the nature of the match will mean tries are scarce, bet on only 40 points maximum being scored in this game.