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

THE FACTS

When is Gloucester vs Connacht taking place? Sunday 8th December, 2019 – 13:00 (UK)

Where is Gloucester vs Connacht taking place? Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester

What is the expected weather for Gloucester vs Connacht? 9c with showers expected

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

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

Where can I get tickets for Gloucester vs Connacht? 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 Gloucester and Connacht? Connacht 28-33 Gloucester

THE TEAM NEWS

GLOUCESTER

  • Gloucester’s poor form continued and they have now lost five consecutive games in all competitions after Harlequins were able to come from behind to defeat them in the Premiership at the weekend.
  • With back-to-back losses in the European Champions Cup, they face a tough task to progress beyond the pool stage but will take heart from the fact they pushed both of their previous opponents all the way.
  • Four of Gloucester’s five recent losses have been by five points or less to highlight how competitive they are but they need to find a way to win and it may come as a result of improved discipline.

CONNACHT

  • Connacht have won one and lost one in their European Champions Cup campaign so far this season and will be hoping to get back on track in this clash with Gloucester after they were defeated by Toulouse in their last game in the competition.
  • The Irish side got back to winning ways in the Pro 14 in response to the loss to Toulouse as they overcame Southern Kings in a bonus-point victory having crossed the whitewash on four occasions.
  • Connacht’s injury list has started to clear and they should be able to name a strong line-up for this contest but Tom Farrell will be unavailable for up to six weeks due to a fracture in his scapula.

THE PREDICTION

Gloucester knocked Connacht out at the quarter-final stage of the Challenge Cup last season and will be hoping for a similar result as they meet in the Champions Cup. They will have to produce a big turnaround from their current form if they are to do that having lost five straight games in all competitions. Connacht are starting to get players back from injury and that is a major boost for them but Gloucester have not been far away in their recent losses and should be able to end their losing streak in this game on home soil.

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