Racing Metro vs Leicester Tigers
Competition: European Rugby Champions Cup
Date: 14 January 2017
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
While Racing have had a shocking year after making the final last year, Leicester will still be looking to take their chances as they chase down Glasgow Warriors and Munster ahead of them. It won’t be easy in France, but this has to be the Tigers’ last shot at qualifying if they win against Racing.
The Tigers are currently in third and chasing Warriors who are directly above him, and just five points – or a bonus point win – ahead of the English side. Leicester started slow both in Europe and domestically, but they have been improving and will fancy themselves against a struggling Racing side, even if they have to travel to France. With Warriors and Munster playing in this round as well, Tigers will be hoping for the Irish side to win so they can do what they can to get equal on points with the Warriors should they get a bonus point win.
For Racing, the sooner this competition is over is probably the better. They have played four games thus far and not picked up a single point in what is a really poor showing for a team of such regard and prowess in this European competition. Racing were made to wait for their first game when their game against Munster was postponed, and they have only just caught that up as they prepare for three European Cup game on the trot, which will only make things harder. However, if there is a game that can win, it is probably against Tigers at home.
Racing Metro vs Leicester Tigers: Previous encounter
When these teams first met in England, it was a relatively tight encounter, but a disappointing one for Racing who fell 10 points short with Tigers winning 27-17. Dan Carter got a try, two conversions and a penalty, but it wasn’t enough for Racing as Freddie Burns came off the bench and dominated with a try, conversion and three penalties.
Racing Metro vs Leicester Tigers: Prediction
Even though Racing are at home, they really have nothing left to play for and the Tigers have it all to play for. Expect Racing to be a little tougher, but for Tigers to be too good and too determined as they keep their chances alive with a win over a really poor Racing Metro side.
Racing Metro vs Leicester Tigers: Tips
Racing may well be having a poor season, but they won’t take it lying down, this should still be a close game, probably closer than 10 points like last time. Bet on the winning margin to be five points or less.