Stade Francais vs Bayonne
Competition: French Top 14 Rugby
Date: 03 December 2016
Kick-off: 18:30 CET
Bayonne have managed to scrape themselves off the foot of the table, but they will feel a little vulnerable against a Stade team that may be struggling, but is still packed full of quality.
Bayonne have really struggled this season, since making the promotion to the Top 14, but of late, they have picked up some key points as well as some impressive wins – none more so than when they beat the table topping Clermont a few weeks back. Bayonne have only got three wins in 12 games, but also have two draws to add to that, but it is fair to say that they won’t be causing too many other teams many problems – especially not away from home.
Stade are former champions, and a team with plenty of heritage, but they too have struggled this year as they are all the way down in 10th on the log. Stade’s problems have seen them lose six games, but they have won five and drawn one with their better performances coming most recently. They managed to pick up a good win at home against a rampant Montpellier side last time out, winning it there 21-17, but again, it is the away games that are causing Stade Francais problems as they are yet to win on the road.
Stade Francais vs Bayonne: Current Form
In a bit of an even split, Stade have won all their home games in the last six, and loss all their away games – making it a three win-three loss ratio. It is tough to pin exactly what goes wrong with French teams on the road, but Stade are definitely not the only team to do it.
Bayonne can boast two consecutive wins in their last two fixtures, that is made even more amazing by the fact that the team only have three wins in total over 12 games. Both those wins were at home, but before that they had three consecutive losses with a draw coming before ll those games.
Stade Francais vs Bayonne: Prediction
Bayonne are not a team packed full of class, they do not even seem to have the determination to cause an upset on the road so you have to back Stade Francais for this one because they have looked a different team whenever they are at home. It is also the end of the International break and Stade will welcome back a host of French, and foreign, Internationals.
Stade Francais vs Bayonne: Tips
Stade look a lot like the title winning team they can be when at home, and conversely, Bayonne look like they belong in D2 when playing away from home, struggling to even score tries. It could be a really big win here for Stade, the margin as high as 30 points.