15/06 Daily Predictions French Top 14 Toulon vs La Rochelle

Toulon vs La Rochelle  

It’s quarter final time in the French Top 14 as Toulon play host to last year’s losing finalists La Rochelle. This is arguably going to be the toughest of the last eight matches as just three points separated the fourth placed Toulon from La Rochelle. The visitors have been European Champions the last two seasons but twice failed in finals on this competition. They will have a better chance this time round as their players will be well rested having exited the Champions in the semi-final. One man they will be hoping to end his tenure at Toulon on a winning note is Fijian Waisea Nayacalevu. He will be leaving at the end of the season for the English Premiership.

TIP: La Rochelle are still chasing their maiden domestic league title and this could be the last opportunity for some of their greatest players like Levani Botia. The Fijian has been the mainstay of the side during their domination in Europe but he is getting on in age. He would like nothing more than to add the missing silverware to his trophy cabinet. Standing in his way is Toulon who have their own array of stars that include the likes of Nayacalevu, Leicester Fainga’anuku and Dan Biggar. The bookies have Toulon as favorites but I am tipping La Rochelle for the upset win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Tictacbets 2.50, Wanejo 2.50 and Bettabets 2.50

HEAD-TO-HEAD STATS

Toulon vs La Rochelle 

  • La Rochelle have won three of the last four matches between the sides.
  • The home side have won four of the last five matches.

Latest results for both teams

Toulon lost 23-20 to Stade Francais in their last match while La Rochelle beat Racing 24-19 in their last match.

PREDICTION

Toulon will be counting on their partisan home support but that will not worry La Rochelle as they showed when they beat Leinster last season away in Dublin. The match will be decided in the forwards and the visitors have the edge in this department with Skipper Gregory Alldritt leading from the front. Toulon will need their halfback pairing of Dan Biggar and Ben White to be at their best if they are to link up their backline. La Rochelle pride themselves on their defence and are not easily breached. The experience of the La Rochelle team with knockout rugby favours them therefore we predict a 4-point win for the visitors.  

Probable Starting XVs

Toulon

15 Melvyn Jaminet, 14 Jiuta Wainiqolo, 13 Waisea Nayacalevu, 12 Duncan Paia’aua, 11 Leicester Fainga’anuku, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Ben White, 8 Facundo Isa, 7 Selevasio Tolofua, 6 Cornell du Preez, 5 David Ribbans (captain), 4 Matthias Halagahu, 3 Kieran Brookes, 2 Christopher Tolofua, 1 Dany Priso.

La Rochelle   

15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 UJ Seuteni, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Teddy Thomas, 10 Antoine Hastoy, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Grégory Alldritt (captain), 7 Levani Botia, 6 Judicael Cancoriet, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Ultan Dillane, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Louis Penverne

Odds for this bet

The best odds on the La Rochelle victory are as follows:

Tictacbets 2.50

Wanejo 2.50

Bettabets 2.50

Odds comparison on the La Rochelle handicap:

The complete odds on the La Rochelle handicap:

Tictacbets 1.90 (+4.5)

Wanejo 1.87 (+4.5)  

Bettabets 1.89 (+4.5)

Predictions and Odds in details

There are excellent odds on the La Rochelle upset win but if you are looking for a safer bet, then we suggest the away team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Tictacbets 1.90 (+4.5), Wanejo 1.87 (+4.5) and Bettabets 1.89 (+4.5)

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