2019-20 European Rugby Champions Cup – ASM Clermont Auvergne vs Ulster Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is ASM Clermont Auvergne vs Ulster taking place? Saturday 11th January, 2020 – 13:00 (UK)

Where is ASM Clermont Auvergne vs Ulster taking place? Stade Marcel-Michelin, Clermont-Ferrand

What is the expected weather for ASM Clermont Auvergne vs Ulster? 4c with sunshine and cloudy intervals

What television channel is ASM Clermont Auvergne vs Ulster on? This match will be televised live on BT Sport

Where can I stream ASM Clermont Auvergne vs Ulster? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

Where can I get tickets for ASM Clermont Auvergne vs Ulster? Official club websites will have ticket information about specific games. Tickets for the 2020 Finals in Marseilles can be obtained here

What was the score in the last meeting between ASM Clermont Auvergne and Ulster? Ulster 18-13 ASM Clermont Auvergne

THE TEAM NEWS

ASM CLERMONT AUVERGNE

  • Clermont Auvergne were beaten by Racing 92 in the Top 14 last weekend in a blow to their preparation for this huge contest but they are unlikely to dwell on it too much as they face Ulster in what should be the clash of the weekend.
  • Clermont have lost just one home game in all competitions so far this season and that home record should stand them in good stead here as they attempt to earn the win they need to put themselves in pole position to top Pool 3.
  • Alexandre Lapandry and Nick Abendanon were rested last week but are reinstated to the starting XV for this clash while Morgan Parra also returns to captain the side on his 250th appearance for Clermont and he will have a big role to play at scrum-half.

ULSTER

  • Ulster come into this game on the back of a great win over Munster in the Pro 14 last week and with a perfect record in Pool 3 but they face one of the toughest assignments in Europe as they travel to France to face Clermont.
  • The Ulstermen will hope to have Marcell Coetzee back in their side after the number 8 was missing with a head knock last week and the signs are promising that he will overcome the concussion symptoms that he has been suffering from.
  • Jordi Murphy missed out through illness last week but he has returned to training and will be available for selection while John Cooney is also expected to play despite coming off late in last week’s game with a head injury.

THE PREDICTION

Clermont have only lost one game on home soil in the Champions Cup since 2008 and they will need to extend that record if they are to prevail in this tricky clash in Pool 3. All eyes are likely to be on this game as two European powerhouses go head-to-head, especially after what was a thrilling contest in the first meeting between these two earlier in the season. The winner of this is likely to top the pool and although Ulster won the reverse contest, Clermont are more than capable of overturning that result at home and should come out on top to leapfrog their opponents into first place.

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