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

THE FACTS

When is Racing 92 vs Munster taking place? Sunday 12th January, 2020 – 15:15 (UK)

Where is Racing 92 vs Munster taking place? Paris La Defense Arena, Paris

What is the expected weather for Racing 92 vs Munster? 9c with cloudy spells but no rain expected

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

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

Where can I get tickets for Racing 92 vs Munster? 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 Racing 92 and Munster? Munster 21-21 Racing 92

THE TEAM NEWS

RACING 92

  • Racing 92 hold a strong position heading into this game having won three of their Pool 4 matches while drawing the other with the importance of this game not lost on them having drawn with Munster when the teams met in their first game back in November.
  • The French outfit are in good form have won their last five matches in all competitions and boast a healthy squad for this contest with them opting to make a few changes to the side that defeated Clermont Auvergne in last week’s Top 14 clash.
  • Henry Chavancy returns to captain the side in one of five changes with Simon Zebo one of those to make way after he was replaced early in last week’s contest because of injury which sees Brice Dulin take his place at fullback.

MUNSTER

  • Munster's hopes of progressing to the knockout stages of the Champions Cup could rest on this game as they head to Racing 92 with a win keeping them right in the hunt for a place in the quarter-finals but a loss would leave their chances hanging in the balance.
  • Munster already have a long injury list and their problems could have been made worse after Andrew Conway and Niall Scannell last week both picked up injuries last week but the pair have overcome their respective knocks to be named in the starting XV.
  • Eight changes have been made from the side that faced Ulster last weekend with CJ Stander a big inclusion in the back row but fly-half Joey Carberry has been left out after only making his first appearance of the season because of injury last week.

THE PREDICTION

Munster's injury problems could harm their chances of achieving anything this season and their European hopes could be ended if they lose this game. They go on the road to face Racing 92 and despite managing to get some of their troops back in the side, a much-changed side to last week brings both positives and negatives but Joey Carberry’s absence is a big blow. Their lack of direction out of fly-half will harm them and the French side should be able to do enough to earn the win that secures their spot in the last-eight.

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