2019-20 European Rugby Champions Cup – La Rochelle vs Sale Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is La Rochelle vs Sale taking place? Friday 10th January, 2020 – 19:45 (UK)

Where is La Rochelle vs Sale taking place? Stade Marcel Deflandre, La Rochelle

What is the expected weather for La Rochelle vs Sale? 8c in partly cloudy skies

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

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

Where can I get tickets for La Rochelle 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 La Rochelle and Sale? Sale 25-15 La Rochelle

THE TEAM NEWS

LA ROCHELLE

  • La Rochelle have endured a difficult Champions Cup campaign so far but come into this contest on the back of two wins in the Top 14 and they also won their previous game in this competition as they edged Glasgow Warriors.
  • The French outfit have shown some good defensive resilience and that will be key in what will be a tricky contest against Sale with a defeat here ending their slim hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals.
  • La Rochelle have named a strong side with several internationals listed in their starting XV including France rowers Gregory Alldritt and Kevin Gourdon while Ihaia West will be given the chance to pull the strings after he was named at number 10.

SALE

  • Sale were superb as they blew Harlequins away in their Premiership tie last week and will look to build on this trip to France with the Sharks needing to win to stay in contention of finishing second in Pool 2 and with it, a potential place in the knockout stages.
  • Faf de Klerk sat out last week's victory and is absent once again because of the knee injury he sustained against Bath at the end of December but he may not have featured anyway with Sale opting to rotate their side.
  • They have made nine changes to the team that stated last week’s impressive win with Chris Ashton one of those to make way as he drops to the bench while AJ MacGinty has earned a recall at fly-half and will get the opportunity to shine from the start.

THE PREDICTION

Sale produced a brilliant display and will pose many teams a problem if they continue to perform like that. Backing that up will be their challenge and doing so in a European contest too, especially having made nine changes to last week’s starting XV. The Sharks still boast lots of talent in the side that they have selected and with several players having a point to prove, they should come out on top here.

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