2019-20 European Rugby Champions Cup – Northampton Saints vs Benetton Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Northampton Saints vs Benetton taking place? Sunday 12th January, 2020 – 13:00 (UK)

Where is Northampton Saints vs Benetton taking place? Franklin's Gardens, Northampton

What is the expected weather for Northampton Saints vs Benetton? 8c with sunshine and cloudy intervals

What television channel is Northampton Saints vs Benetton on? This match will be televised live on BT Sport

Where can I stream Northampton Saints vs Benetton? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

Where can I get tickets for Northampton Saints vs Benetton? 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 Northampton Saints and Benetton? Benetton 32-35 Northampton Saints

THE TEAM NEWS

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS

  • Northampton Saints have some work to do if they are to progress out of Pool 1 and can strengthen their cause if they beat Benetton in what is a pivotal match but the Saints will be confident after back-to-back wins in the Premiership.
  • Tom Collins will sit out after he was handed a two-week ban following his red card against Wasps last week and the winger will have to hope his teammates are able to deliver in his absence.
  • Taqele Naiyaravoro has been promoted from the bench after scoring the winning try in last week’s contest and he will be joined in the starting line-up by Harry Mallinder who will make his first appearance for the club in over a year because of a knee injury.

BENETTON

  • Benetton had their three-match winning streak ended by Glasgow Warriors last week and will be keen to respond as they head to Northampton still in with a chance of making the last-eight of the competition.
  • It is unlikely that the Italian outfit will progress out of the pool stage and their task has been made all the more difficult with a raft of players unavailable for selection for this game with some rested and others injured.
  • Alberto Sgarbi will captain the side as they look to cause an upset for the big underdogs and they will be heavily reliant on Italian international fly-half Tommaso Allan who will be key if his side are to come out on top.

THE PREDICTION

Northampton Saints showed some great resolve to score a late try with just 13-men on the pitch to overcome Wasps in the Premiership last week. They will take plenty from that win and can build on it to claim their third win in a row by racking up a big win in this clash against Italian side Benetton and by doing so, they will keep themselves right in the mix for a spot in the quarter-finals.

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