2019-20 European Rugby Champions Cup Final – Exeter Chiefs vs Racing 92 Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Exeter Chiefs vs Racing 92 taking place? Saturday 17th October, 2020 – 16:45 (UK)

Where is Exeter Chiefs vs Racing 92 taking place? Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol

Where can I get tickets for Exeter Chiefs vs Racing 92? This match will be played without spectators

What television channel is Exeter Chiefs vs Racing 92 on? This match will be televised live on BT Sport

Where can I stream Exeter Chiefs vs Racing 92? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

THE TEAM NEWS

Exeter: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Ian Whitten, 11 Tom O’Flaherty, 10 Joe Simmonds (c), 9 Jack Maunder, 8 Sam Simmonds, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Dave Ewers, 5 Jonny Hill, 4 Jonny Gray, 3 Harry Williams, 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 1 Alec Hepburn
Replacements: 16 Jack Yeandle, 17 Ben Moon, 18 Tomas Francis, 19 Sam Skinner, 20 Jannes Kirsten, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Gareth Steenson, 23 Ollie Devoto

Racing:
15 Simon Zebo, 14 Louis Dupichot, 13 Virimi Vakatawa, 12 Henry Chavancy (c), 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Teddy Iribaren, 8 Antonie Claassen, 7 Fabien Sanconnie, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Bernard Le Roux, 3 Georges Henri Colombe, 2 Camille Chat, 1 Eddy Ben Arous
Replacements: 16 Teddy Baubigny, 17 Hassane Kolingar, 18 Ali Oz, 19 Donnacha Ryan, 20 Boris Palu, 21 Maxime Machenaud, 22 Olivier Klemenczak, 23 Kurtley Beale

THE PREDICTION

Exeter Chiefs overcame French opposition at home in their semi-final match in late September and will be gearing up to go again with the slight home advantage of an English neutral ground. The fact that Exeter will have a small excursion to nearby Bristol for this final could well come into play with all the extra stresses and restrictions it takes for Racing 92 to travel internationally in the current climate. Exeter have been going well and should take all the confidence of a big Premiership semi-final win over Bath into this weekend’s match, while Racing 92 lost in the Top 14 at home to Toulouse. It should be an electrifying final that Exeter are the favourites to claim and recent form suggests they have the momentum to do so.

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