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

THE FACTS

When is Gloucester vs Montpellier taking place? Saturday 11th January, 2020 – 17:30 (UK)

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

What is the expected weather for Gloucester vs Montpellier? 11c with rain likely

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

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

Where can I get tickets for Gloucester vs Montpellier? 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 Montpellier? Montpellier 30-27 Gloucester

THE TEAM NEWS

GLOUCESTER

  • Gloucester have managed just one win from their four European Champions Cup matches so far but still sit in second spot in Pool 5 and have a chance of advancing to the knockout stages but must win this clash with Montpellier.
  • Owen Williams returned to action last week following nine months on the sidelines and the Gloucester man will hope for more game time here but he will once again be introduced as an interchange.
  • Ben Morgan returns in the back row and will line-up in a pack that features six changes to last week’s side while Louis Rees-Zammit comes into the side at fullback in place of Tom Marshall.

MONTPELLIER

  • Montpellier must win this game to stand any chance of progressing but it looks like a big task for the out-of-form French side, although they will look to draw on their performance against Gloucester back in November when they defeated the English side.
  • Montpellier ended a run of four games without a win by beating Brive at the weekend but they must improve on what was an underwhelming effort and a similar level of performance in this game is likely to see them fall well short of what is required.
  • Francois Steyn will line-up at fullback for the visitors and the Springbok is likely to have a big role to play if his side are to take anything from this tough trip across the Channel against a motivated Gloucester outfit.

THE PREDICTION

Gloucester will have their eyes firmly on a place in the last-eight which could be on the cards despite claiming just one win from four so far. Their ability to pick up bonus points has helped them and if they can earn their second win of the competition as they host Montpellier, they will put themselves right in the mix for the final round of matches. Gloucester were edged out when they travelled to France the first time the teams met in November but they should be able to reverse that loss by claiming a relatively comfortable win on home soil.

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