Stade Francais vs Stormers
Stade Francais play host to the Stormers in this final round match of Group 1 in the Champions Cup. The home team have been heavily criticized during the competition for fielding B and sometimes C teams which have meant they have suffered embarrassing defeats. Their last match was a case in point when they were crushed 45-7 by a full strength Leinster team. The Stormers on the other hand only need a win to secure their spot in the knockout stages. If the visitors lose then they will need both Leicester and La Rochelle to lose which is an unlikely scenario.
TIP: It will be interesting to see if Stade Francais buckle to the pressure and select their strongest team. They have no chance of making the next round but a bonus point win could see them sneak into the Challenge Cup positions if the Sale Sharks lose to La Rochelle without picking up a bonus point. The Stormers should be at full strength as they seek a place in the next round. 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 1.55, Gbets 1.51 and Hollywoodbets 1.52
Stade Francais vs Stormers
- This is the first ever meeting between the sides.
Latest results for both teams
Stade Francais lost 43-7 to Leinster in their last match while the Stormers beat the Sale Sharks 21-14 in their last match.
Stade Francais are notorious for being difficult to beat at home in front of their partisan crowd regardless of the team that they put out. The Stormers have been very poor on their travels as they have lost their last five away matches across all competitions. In defence of their dismal record, they have not been at full strength in their away matches. The battle at scrum time will be worth the price of the ticket alone. This is an area the home team will definitely try to target against the visitors. The Stormers will be counting on the likes of Manie Libbok and Damian Willemse to carry them into the knockout round. I am predicting an away win by 6 points.
Probable Starting XVs
15 Leo Monin, 14 Peniasi Dakuwaqa, 13 Stephane Ahmed, 12 Noah Nene, 11 Kylan Hamdaoui, 10 Zack Henry, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Giovanni Habel-Kuffner, 7 Ryan Chapuis, 6 Mathieu Hirigoyen (captain), 5 JJ van der Mescht, 4 Pierre-Henri Azagoh, 3 Hugo N’Diaye, 2 Lucas Peyresblanques, 1 Clement Castets
15 Damian Willemse, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Suleiman Hartzenberg, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Hacjivah Dayimani, 7 Ben-Jason Dixon, 6 Deon Fourie (captain), 5 Ruben van Heerden, 4 Adre Smith, 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 Andre-Hugo Venter, 1 Sti Sithole
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Stormers victory are as follows:
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 poor odds on the Stormers outright win therefore we suggest backing the away team on the handicap for better odds. 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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