2019-20 European Rugby Champions Cup – Lyon vs Leinster Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Lyon vs Leinster taking place? Saturday 23rd November, 2019 – 15:15 (UK)

Where is Lyon vs Leinster taking place? Matmut Stadium de Gerland, Lyon

What is the expected weather for Lyon vs Leinster? 10c rain

What television channel is Lyon vs Leinster on? This match will be televised live on BT Sport

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

Where can I get tickets for Lyon vs Leinster? 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 Lyon and Leinster? N/A

THE TEAM NEWS

LYON

  • Top 14 leaders Lyon lost for just the second time this season as they were defeated by Northampton Saints in their opening Champions Cup contest to sit third in a very competitive Pool 1.
  • The French side did not pick up a single point in last season's competition and will be desperate to end their losing sequence here as they host last season’s runners-up Leinster.

Line-ups: Chiocci, Ivaldi, Bamba, Bruni, Roodt, Puricelli, Gill, Fearns, Couilloud (capt), Wisniewski, Nakaitaici, Ngatai, Regard, Mignot, Arnold.

Replacements: Maurouard, Thatch, Gomez-Kodela, Oosthuizen Goujon Pelissie, Buttin, Wulf.

LEINSTER

  • Leinster put in a professional display as they proved too good for Benetton to keep their 100% record for the season firmly intact as they aim to go one better in this year’s Champions Cup.
  • Joe Tomane could be a doubt once again for Leinster after he was a late withdrawal ahead of last week's contest with a hamstring injury, while James Tracy is set to win his 100th cap for the side.

Line-ups: Rob Kearney, Jordan Larmour, Garry Ringrose, Robbie Henshaw, James Lowe, Johnny Sexton (capt), Luke McGrath, Cian Healy, Rónan Kelleher, Tadhg Furlong, Scott Fardy, James Ryan, Rhys Ruddock, Josh van der Flier, Max Deegan.

Replacements: James Tracy, Ed Byrne, Andrew Porter, Devin Toner, Josh Murphy, Jamison Gibson-Park, Ross Byrne, Dave Kearney.

THE PREDICTION

Lyon are yet to win a game in the Champions Cup after their debut season last year ended in six straight defeats and this year's campaign started with a familiar feeling. They now face the daunting task of hosting Leinster and the Irish side should extend the hosts' losing run by a fair margin, though an away trip to France is always challenging.

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