2019-20 European Rugby Champions Cup – Ospreys vs Racing 92 Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Ospreys vs Racing 92 taking place? Saturday 7th December, 2019 – 17:30 (UK)

Where is Ospreys vs Racing 92 taking place? Liberty Stadium, Swansea

What is the expected weather for Ospreys vs Racing 92? 8c with rain expected

What television channel is Ospreys vs Racing 92 on? This match will be televised live on BT Sport

Where can I stream Ospreys vs Racing 92? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

Where can I get tickets for Ospreys vs Racing 92? 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 Ospreys and Racing 92? Racing 92 18-14 Ospreys

THE TEAM NEWS

OSPREYS

  • Ospreys are on a terrible run of form and that came to a head in their last European Champions Cup game against Saracens as they were hammered without managing to register a try.
  • Saracens ran in 44 points in that humiliation and they suffered another loss in the Pro 14 game that followed with the Cheetahs edging them out which means that Ospreys have now lost six games in a row in all competitions.
  • It is eight defeats in their last nine if going back further and another defeat here will almost certainly end their hopes of progressing to the knockout stage of this tournament, but their chances look bleak without Welsh trio Alun Wyn Jones, George North and Justin Tipuric.

RACING 92

  • Racing 92 have suffered from inconsistency all season and that was the case again in the Top 14 at the weekend as they were edged out by Bordeaux despite opening up a 10-point lead in the second half.
  • The French side could be forgiven for having one eye on this contest as they bid to maintain their position at the top of Pool 4 and will want to make it three games without defeat in this year’s competition.
  • They held Munster to a draw last time out and having already defeated Saracens, they are well placed to progress but cannot afford to slip-up in this game against an under-strength Ospreys.

THE PREDICTION

Ospreys will be missing some star players once again as they host Racing 92 in what looks like another difficult contest for the Welsh outfit. They have brought in former national team coach Mike Ruddock in an attempt to arrest their terrible form and he will act in an advisory role to interim coaches Carl Hogg and Matt Sherratt. His influence could prove beneficial but it is likely to take time for him to have an impact and it should not prevent the French outfit from running out big winners here.

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