16-12-2023 Daily Predictions European Champions Cup Stormers vs La Rochelle

Stormers vs La Rochelle

The Stormers play host to La Rochelle at the Cape Town Stadium in this Champions Cup match. The home team narrowly lost their opening match to the Leicester Tigers despite playing their second-string team. They plan were always to unleash their big guns on the two time defending champions this week. The visitors were shocked on their home patch in the opening round by Irish giants Leinster. The match was played in torrential rain and provided very little in terms of spectator enjoyment. This match promises to be more open at the newly laid artificial surface that will encourage running rugby.

TIP: It remains to be seen if the Stormers plan to rest their first team players will work as the composition of the La Rochelle team is unknown. The likes of Manie Libbok and Damian Willemse will significantly boost the attacking prowess of the home side. The highlight of the match will be between two of the best fetchers in the game in Levani Botia and Deon Fourie. The winner of this duel will most likely end on the winning side. The bookies have the Stormers as favorites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.53, Gbets 1.53 and Hollywoodbets 1.52

HEAD-TO-HEAD STATS

Leicester vs Stormers

  • This is the first ever meeting between the sides.

Latest results for both teams

The Stormers lost 35-29 to Leicester in their last match while La Rochelle lost 16-9 to Leinster in their last match.

PREDICTION

The Stormers have not been as dominant in the scrums as previous seasons due to the departure of Springbok Steven Kitshoff. La Rochelle will look to target this area as they have the likes of French internationals Uini Atonio and Pierre Bourgarit in the front row. The home side are at their most dangerous when they keep ball in hand and run at the opposition so La Rochelle will need to be at their defensive best. The visitors also have exciting backline stars in Raymond Rhule and the powerhouse centre Jonathan Danty. The Stormers seem to have the stronger bench therefore a predict a home win by eight points

Probable Starting XVs

Stormers

15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Damian Willemse, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Hacjivah Dayimani, 6 Deon Fourie, 5 Ruben van Heerden, 4 Adre Smith, 3 Neethling Fouche (captain), 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Kwenzo Blose

La Rochelle

15 Brice Dulin, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Ulupano Seuteni, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Jules Favre, 10 Antoine Hastoy, 9 Tawerra Kerr-Barlow, 8 Yoan Tanga, 7 Levani Botia, 6 Paul Boudehent, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Thomas Lavault, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Pierre Bourgarit (c), 1 Reda Wardi

Odds for this bet

The best odds on the Stormers victory are as follows:

Betway 1.53

Gbets 1.53

Hollywoodbets 1.52

Odds comparison on the Stormers handicap:

The complete odds on the Stormers handicap:

Betway 1.90 (-4.5)

Gbets 1.87 (-4.5)

Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-4.5)

Predictions and Odds in details

There are decent odds on the Connacht outright win but if you are looking for better odds then we suggest backing the home team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (-4.5), Gbets 1.87 (-4.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-4.5)

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