2019-20 European Rugby Champions Cup – Ulster vs Harlequins Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Ulster vs Harlequins taking place? Saturday 7th December, 2019 – 15:15 (UK)

Where is Ulster vs Harlequins taking place? Kingspan Stadium, Belfast

What is the expected weather for Ulster vs Harlequins? 8c with showers expected

What television channel is Ulster vs Harlequins on? This match will be televised live on BT Sport

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

Where can I get tickets for Ulster vs Harlequins? 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 Ulster and Harlequins? Ulster 52-24 Harlequins

THE TEAM NEWS

ULSTER

  • Ulster have started their European Champions Cup campaign in fine form and will be looking to continue that here as they attempt to make it three wins from three when hosting Harlequins.
  • They put in a solid showing over the Scarlets in the Pro 14 and that win meant that Ulster have managed to win six of their last seven matches in all competitions.
  • The Ulstermen will be without Will Addison after he was banned following a poor tackle on Clermont’s Paul Jedrasiak in his side’s last European game with the centre receiving a six-week ban which was reduced to four due to his good disciplinary record.

HARLEQUINS

  • Harlequins have shown some good character to respond to their hammering at the hands of Clermont Auvergne in their opening European Champions Cup contest with Quins managing to win their last two games.
  • After seeing off Bath in their second pool game, Harlequins backed that up with another victory at the weekend as they came from behind to see off Gloucester in a tight Premiership contest.
  • Quins have suffered a huge blow this week with former England international Mike Brown ruled out for the rest of the season due to a knee injury he suffered in pre-season with the fullback needing surgery to fix the issue that has caused him plenty of discomfort.

THE PREDICTION

Ulster will be desperate to maintain their 100% record in this season’s European Champions Cup as they know any slip-up could be extremely costly in what could be a difficult pool to top. With a trip to Clermont still on the cards, Ulster will want to be in a strong position in Pool 3 before they face that daunting task and they will be aided if they can overcome Harlequins. The visiting side will be desperate to improve on their last showing on the road in this competition but Ulster should hand them another big loss.

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