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

THE FACTS

When is Ospreys vs Saracens taking place? Saturday 11th January, 2020 – 13:00 (UK)

Where is Ospreys vs Saracens taking place? Liberty Stadium, Swansea

What is the expected weather for Ospreys vs Saracens? 11c with rain forecast

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

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

Where can I get tickets for Ospreys 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 Ospreys and Saracens? Saracens 44-3 Ospreys

THE TEAM NEWS

OSPREYS

  • Ospreys continued their wretched run of form as they lost to the Dragons which was their 11th straight defeat in all competitions and now face the might of Saracens in what could be another long afternoon for the Welsh outfit.
  • After such a terrible season, ex-Wales coach Mike Ruddock was brought in to the club in a consultancy role and he has now been appointed as their performance director until the end of the season in a bid to turn the ailing club’s fortunes around.
  • Welsh duo George North and Justin Tipuric both suffered knocks last week and will be doubts to feature in this contest for Ospreys in what could be a very weakened team with qualification for the knockout stages out of their reach.

SARACENS

  • Saracens were ruthless as they produced a 10-try performance in their demolition of Worcester in last week's Premiership clash and they will be looking for a repeat effort as they face Ospreys with a win set to put them right in the mix for a spot in the quarter-finals.
  • England prop Mako Vunipola picked up a neck injury last week but Saracens are hopeful it is only a knock and he could return for this game in what would be a big boost for the defending champions.
  • Sarries are excepted to name a strong side but may still employ some rotation in a game that they will be confident of winning even without all of their stars in the team owing to Ospreys’ poor form this season.

THE PREDICTION

On the back of an 11-match losing streak, the last thing that Ospreys will likely want is to face a side that have scored just 10 tries but that is what they will face as they host Saracens. The visitors were in brilliant form last week and they are more than capable of backing that up by in this match. Given the last meeting between the two teams ended 44-3 to Saracens, they can repeat a similarly heavy win here.

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