2019-20 European Rugby Champions Cup – Connacht vs Gloucester Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Connacht vs Gloucester taking place? Saturday 14th December, 2019 – 12:45 (UK)

Where is Connacht vs Gloucester taking place? The Sportsground, Galway

What is the expected weather for Connacht vs Gloucester? 6c with rain expected

What television channel is Connacht vs Gloucester on? This match will be televised live on BT Sport

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

Where can I get tickets for Connacht vs Gloucester? 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 Connacht and Gloucester? Gloucester 26-17 Connacht

THE TEAM NEWS

CONNACHT

  • Connacht suffered their second straight loss in the European Champions Cup as they fell to defeat against Gloucester and they now sit bottom of Pool 5 at the halfway stage with plenty of work to do if they are to turn their campaign around.
  • The Irish side were punished for their poor discipline and had winger Kyle Godwin sin-binned for repeated infringements which played a part in their disappointing loss but a return to home soil gives them an immediate chance to right the wrongs of last week.
  • Fullback Matt Healy was a late withdrawal from last week’s side having suffered a knock but his availability remains up in the air ahead of this contest and if he is unable to return, it will mean another makeshift backline after winger John Porch started in his place last week.

GLOUCESTER

  • Gloucester put a run of five straight losses behind them as they overcame Connacht with an impressive display last week and will now look to make it back-to-back wins having claimed a bonus-point win over the Irish outfit.
  • It was the Cherry and Whites’ first win of this season’s competition and had Danny Cipriani and Tom Marshall to thank with the latter running in two tries but it was his opening score that caught the eye in what was a fine individual effort.
  • Gloucester were struck with a blow before last week’s game with the news that flanker Jaco Kriel is ruled out for up to eight weeks with an ankle injury while fellow South African Courne Fourie faces a race against time to feature in this game as he bids to overcome a neck problem.

THE PREDICTION

Gloucester earned their first win of this year’s competition but must back that up as they travel to Ireland. Connacht will be their opponents once again and the Irish outfit have it all to do after they were outplayed last week. Their discipline was poor and they will be punished again if they do not play smarter but with the playing surface set to be hit with rain leading up to and during this game, discipline will be crucial and Gloucester should be able to win again.

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