2019-20 European Rugby Champions Cup – Munster vs Saracens Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Munster vs Saracens taking place? Saturday 7th December, 2019 – 17:30 (UK)

Where is Munster vs Saracens taking place? Thomond Park, Limerick

What is the expected weather for Munster vs Saracens? 10c with light rain expected

What television channel is Munster vs Saracens on? This match will be televised live on BT Sport

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

Where can I get tickets for Munster vs Saracens? 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 Munster and Saracens? Saracens 32-16 Munster

THE TEAM NEWS

MUNSTER

  • Munster were unable to get the better of Racing 92 and needed to come from behind to tie the game with Andrew Conway’s converted try ensuring that the shares were spoiled in an entertaining clash.
  • Pool 4 looks like it could go down to the wire and every point will be crucial but Munster face a difficult task here as they face holders Saracens and the Irish side come into this game on the back of a disappointing loss to Edinburgh in the Pro 14.
  • Munster still have injury issues at fly-half and look set to roll with JJ Hanrahan who should come back into the side after academy starlet Ben Healy started the game against Edinburgh with Hanrahan coming off the bench in that encounter.

SARACENS

  • Saracens will be hoping to carry on where they left off after thrashing Ospreys in their last European Champions Cup contest and they will need to be at the top of their game as they face a tricky trip to Munster.
  • Sarries backed the win up against Ospreys with a solid showing against Bath in the Premiership and they look like a team ready to put their off-field issues behind them as they have a tilt at defending their title.
  • The team that featured against Bath was arguably Saracens’ best side and if they are able to name the same team in this game, it will take a big performance to stop them from making it three wins in a row in all competitions.

THE PREDICTION

Owen Farrell returned to the Saracens line-up against Bath last time out and he was joined by England teammates Billy Vunipola and Maro Itoje as they made their first club appearances of the season. They joined an already formidable line-up and with a team full of internationals, they look a match for anyone in the competition. Munster will pose some problems but their lack of options at fly-half could hurt them and Saracens should be able to come out on top.

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