2019-20 European Rugby Champions Cup – ASM Clermont Auvergne vs Harlequins Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is ASM Clermont Auvergne vs Harlequins taking place? Saturday 16th November, 2019 – 17:30 (UK)

Where is ASM Clermont Auvergne vs Harlequins taking place? Stade Marcel-Michelin, Clermont-Ferrand

What is the expected weather for ASM Clermont Auvergne vs Harlequins? Rain expected, 6c

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

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

Where can I get tickets for ASM Clermont Auvergne 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 ASM Clermont Auvergne and Harlequins? ASM Clermont Clermont Auvergne 32-27 Harlequins

THE TEAM NEWS

ASM CLERMONT AUVERGNE

  • Clermont Auvergne have had an inconsistent start to the season and suffered their fourth loss of their Top 14 campaign against the reigning Top 14 champions Toulouse.
  • The French side qualified for the Champions Cup this season after coming second in the Top 14 top six last season and they will be fiercely targeting their home games for most of their points in this tournament.
  • Clermont will have a strong squad to pick from in this opening Champions Cup contest and will be backed by their passionate home support at the Stade Marcel-Michelin.

HARLEQUINS

  • Harlequins lost their second Premiership game in a row and third of the season as they were defeated by Worcester Warriors to sit in 12th place with six points so far.
  • Kyle Sinckler and Joe Marler did not feature last week but Harlequins will be hopeful the England pair can make their returns for this game following their efforts at the Rugby World Cup
  • Harlequins will be heavily favoured to lose this first Champions Cup tie and they will do well to keep the score down to help them in a tough Pool 3 that features three former finalists.

THE PREDICTION

Harlequins have it all to do as they travel to Clermont in a bid to overcome their fearsome home record. The visitors have lost three of their Premiership matches so far this season and with Clermont likely to rise to the occasion, the home side should be able to post a heavy score to get their differential up and running at the start of the tournament.

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