2019-20 European Rugby Champions Cup – Bath vs Harlequins Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Bath vs Harlequins taking place? Friday 10th January, 2020 – 19:45 (UK)

Where is Bath vs Harlequins taking place? Recreation Ground, Bath

What is the expected weather for Bath vs Harlequins? 4c in mostly cloudy skies

What television channel is Bath vs Harlequins on? This match will be televised live on BT Sport

Where can I stream Bath vs Harlequins? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

Where can I get tickets for Bath vs Harlequins? 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 Bath and Harlequins? Harlequins 15-9 Bath

THE TEAM NEWS

BATH

  • Bath come into this contest with no wins to their name in the competition so far and despite wanting to break their duck as they host Harlequins, they will have to do so with an under-strength side after making wholesale changes.
  • Flanker Sam Underhill made a return to action in last week’s loss to Gloucester but Bath have opted to leave him out of this contest and he is one of 14 changes with Anthony Watson the only player to retain his starting spot.
  • Watson will skipper the side as he switches to fullback from the wing while there is some promising news on the injury front with Max Green and Jackson Willison named in the starting XV and the pair will make their first appearances of the season.

HARLEQUINS

  • Harlequins were on the end of a big defeat at the hands of Sale in the Premiership last week and will be keen to respond here as they travel to Bath although there is only pride on the line with Quins unable to progress.
  • Quins may have looked to rest some stars in this dead rubber but after a poor display last week, they are have opted to name a strong side with England prop Kyle Sinckler coming back into the team after sitting out last week’s game through injury.
  • Luke Northmore will start for the first time following his signing in the summer while recent signing Tom Penny could make his debut if introduced from the bench after he was named as an interchange.

THE PREDICTION

Harlequins boss Paul Gustard was left fuming with his side's display against Sale last week and will demand much more in this contest. He has made several changes to his side with some of his players carrying knocks but has still named a strong team and will expect the victory. They travel to Bath for an all-English affair and with only pride at stake due to neither team being able to qualify for the quarter-finals, the hosts have opted to make wholesale changes which should give Gustard and Quins the outcome they desire.

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