2019-20 European Rugby Champions Cup – Exeter Chiefs vs Sale Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Exeter Chiefs vs Sale taking place? Sunday 15th December, 2019 – 13:00 (UK)

Where is Exeter Chiefs vs Sale taking place? Sandy Park, Exeter

What is the expected weather for Exeter Chiefs vs Sale? 9c with showers expected

What television channel is Exeter Chiefs vs Sale on? This match will be televised live on BT Sport

Where can I stream Exeter Chiefs vs Sale? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

Where can I get tickets for Exeter Chiefs vs Sale? 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 Exeter Chiefs and Sale? Sale 20-22 Exeter Chiefs

THE TEAM NEWS

EXETER CHIEFS

  • Exeter Chiefs took another big step towards qualifying for the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup as they edged out Sale in a closely-fought game last week but will want to improve on their second half showing.
  • The Chiefs were able to come out on top despite being held scoreless in the second period but will be pleased that their defence also held firm as they restricted Sale to just one try after the break.
  • Stuart Hogg started the game in superb touch for the Chiefs and scored a try as well as setting one up but only lasted 17 minutes due to a head knock and his side will be desperate for him to be fit for this contest after having so much joy in the early stages of last week’s contest.

SALE

  • Sale put in a valiant display against Exeter Chiefs but fell just short in their attempt to come out on top of the all-English affair and now have plenty to do if they are to advance to the last-eight of the competition.
  • The narrow loss to the Chiefs leaves Sale eight points adrift of the leaders and they are also two behind Glasgow Warriors but another defeat here would leave them in real trouble in Pool 2.
  • Sale were not far off the win last week with their forwards putting in a strong display but they are likely to need to show even more on both sides of the ball as they attempt to inflict Exeter’s first loss in the competition.

THE PREDICTION

No team has more competition points than Exeter at the halfway point of the pool stage. They moved to 14 with a gritty win over Sale last week and look dominant in Pool 2. They will need to perform better than they did last week but a return to home soil presents them with a great chance to back that win up and they should be able to do that to secure their place in the last-eight.

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