2019-20 European Rugby Champions Cup – Sale vs La Rochelle Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Sale vs La Rochelle taking place? Sunday 24th November, 2019 – 13:00 (UK)

Where is Sale vs La Rochelle taking place? AJ Bell Stadium, Salford

What is the expected weather for Sale vs La Rochelle? 9c rain

What television channel is Sale vs La Rochelle on? This match will be televised live on BT Sport

Where can I stream Sale vs La Rochelle? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

Where can I get tickets for Sale vs La Rochelle? 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 Sale and La Rochelle? La Rochelle 24-20 Sale

THE TEAM NEWS

SALE

  • Sale were disappointing last week as they slipped to defeat against Glasgow Warriors in what was a crucial Pool 2 encounter to continue their inconsistent start to the season.
  • The Sharks missed South African Faf de Klerk's influence but the World Cup winning scrum-half will return to action for Sale here alongside Chris Ashton, Denny Solomona and Tom Curry who also return.

Line-ups: Harrison, Van der Merwe, Oosthuizen,Evans, J. du Preez, B. Curry, Ross (capt), T. Curry, De Klerk, MacGinty, Ashton, R. du Preez, Hammersley, Rensburg, Solomona.

Replacements: Webber, Morozov, John, Phillips, Postlethwaite, Papier, L. James, Yarde.

LA ROCHELLE

  • La Rochelle were humbled by Exeter Chiefs in their opening match of the Champions Cup and need a big response in this contest to keep up with the Chiefs in Pool 2.
  • The French side have now suffered defeat in their last two matches in all competitions and have conceded 86 points in the process and know that their games against Sale are must-win in this group.

Line-ups: Priso, Bourgarit, Herrera, Sazy, Leroux, Gourdon, Alldritt, Vito (capt) , Bales, James, Retière, Sinzelle, Doumayrou, Rattez, Murimurivalu.

Replacements: Orioli, Wardi, Joly, Kieft, Liebenberg, Kerr-Barlow, Botia, Plessis.

THE PREDICTION

Sale were unable to overcome Glasgow last week and will be eager to pick up their first win in Europe this season as they host La Rochelle. The French side could not live with Exeter last week and a trip to Sale is likely to end in more disappointment for them with the home side able to outscore them by at least 10 points.

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