Toulouse vs Brive
Competition: French Top 14 Rugby
Date: 04 December 2016
Kick-off: 12:30 CET
Toulouse became only Bayonne’s only third victory of their season in the last weekend, something that won’t make the proud club very proud. Toulouse now have to face a Brive side that are far a better side, and they will be a bigger challenge.
Another thing that Toulouse won’t be happy with is where they find themselves on the log, for such a prestigious team, sitting in 8th, with an even split of six wins and six loses, Toulouse are a little off the mark of chasing the title as regulars Clermont and Montpellier mix it up with the surprise packages of Bordeaux and La Rochelle. Toulouse’s problem is that age old one in French Rugby, that they struggle to win on the road, and that has been the case here as they have lost all their away games, and won all but one home game.
For Brive, they are breathing down the neck of Toulouse, sitting only a point back on the log in 9th. There is everything to play for for Brive, and they are coming off a good win against Pau, where they racked up the points to win 38-25. However, the problem for Brive is that they are away and that means it will be a bit of an upset between two teams that are so close to each other in terms of log points and playing ability. Their away record reads four loses, one win and a draw.
Toulouse vs Brive: Current Form
Brive have more losses than wins in recent fixtures as they have lost three of their five encounters as well as a big loss at home to Clermont.
Toulouse have had a bit of a harsh schedule with their last five games having four away games, but Toulouse did manage to beat Pau away from home, as well as win their one home game – 16-15 in a tight game against Castres.
Toulouse vs Brive: Prediction
Unfortunately this is a simple one as these teams would put up a good battle, but the home ground advantage will give Toulouse a big enough edge to coast into a win. That is not to say that Brive won’t be competitive, but it will be a fired up Toulouse team that the fans are accustomed to seeing ripping apart a Brive team that is still finding its feet in the Top 14.
Toulouse vs Brive: Tips
The easy bet here would be to see Toulouse as the outright winners, but it will be a pretty short bet, so if you are looking for something more adventurous, you can bet on this game having a tight margin – no more than 10 points.