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

THE FACTS

When is Connacht vs Toulouse taking place? Saturday 11th January, 2020 – 15:15 (UK)

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

What is the expected weather for Connacht vs Toulouse? 9c with rain expected

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

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

Where can I get tickets for Connacht vs Toulouse? 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 Toulouse? Toulouse 32-17 Connacht

THE TEAM NEWS

CONNACHT

  • Connacht made it three defeats in succession in the Pro 14 as they were on the end of a hammering by Leinster in their last contest and their attention will now turn to their European campaign as they aim to keep their chances of progression alive.
  • The Irish side feared they would have no less than 20 injured players at the start of the week but they have received some good news on that front and have been able to name a stronger team than first anticipated.
  • Irish internationals Jack Carty and Bundee Aki return after sitting out the last two matches while Jarrad Butler returns to captain the side at number 8 with nine players in total set to make their return.

TOULOUSE

  • Toulouse have won four from four in Pool 5 and have one foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup ahead of this visit to Connacht, with a place in the last-eight extremely likely irrespective of this result.
  • Despite Toulouse's European form, they lost their first game since October in their last Top 14 game and will be keen to respond here but will have to be on their game against a side that have won their last six home matches in the Champions Cup.
  • The French outfit have named a strong side as they look to secure their quarter-final spot. Their team includes former Connacht centre Pita Ahki and their fearsome pack will be tasked with going toe-to-toe with the Connacht pack in what should be a physical battle.

THE PREDICTION

Connacht still have a chance of progressing to the knockout stages of the Champions Cup and despite their injury list subsiding ahead of this game, a place in the quarter-finals still looks unlikely. They host Toulouse who will be smarting from their loss last weekend – their first since October – and are likely to hit back in style by sealing their own spot in the last-eight of the competition.

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