2019-20 European Rugby Champions Cup – Saracens vs Ospreys Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Saracens vs Ospreys taking place? Saturday 23rd November, 2019 – 13:00 (UK)

Where is Saracens vs Ospreys taking place? Allianz Park, Barnet

What is the expected weather for Saracens vs Ospreys? 10c cloudy

What television channel is Saracens vs Ospreys on? This match will be televised live on BT Sport

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

Where can I get tickets for Saracens vs Ospreys? 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 Saracens and Ospreys? Ospreys 15-15 Saracens

THE TEAM NEWS

SARACENS

  • Saracens suffered a big loss in their opening game of their defence of the Champions Cup as they were heavily beaten 30-10 by French giants Racing 92 in Paris.
  • Sarries were still missing several of their Rugby World Cup stars and last week's loss may have hastened some of their returns to the fold as the likes of George Kruis, Mako Vunipola and new-signing Elliot Daly all start here.

Line-ups: Elliot Daly, Rotimi Segun, Duncan Taylor, Brad Barritt (capt), Alex Lewington, Manu Vunipola, Tom Whiteley, Mako Vunipola, Jack Singleton, Titi Lamositele, Will Skelton, George Kruis, Nick Isiekwe, Ben Earl, Jackson Wray.

Replacements: Jamie George, Richard Barrington, Josh Ibuanokpe, Joel Kpoku, Andy Christie, Richard Wigglesworth, Alex Lozowski, Matt Gallagher.

OSPREYS

  • Ospreys could not deal with Munster as they lost their fourth game in a row in all competitions and now travel to the reigning champions with damage limitation looking like the game plan here.
  • The out-of-form Ospreys are still without numerous internationals and it could be a while yet before they take to the field, with Wales’ Alun Wyn Jones, George North, Justin Tipuric and Gareth Anscombe the obvious holes in their squad.

Line-ups: Cai Evans, Hanno Dirksen, Owen Watkin, Kieran Williams, Tom Williams, James Hook, Aled Davies, Nicky Smith, Scott Otten, Ma’afu Fia, Adam Beard, Bradley Davies, Marvin Orie, Olly Cracknell (capt), Morgan Morris.

Replacements: Ifan Phillips, Gareth Thomas, Tom Botha, Lloyd Ashley, Sam Cross, Shaun Venter, Luke Price, Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler.

THE PREDICTION

Saracens were on the end of a big loss as their defence of the Champions Cup got off to a poor start and they will look to bounce back as they host a struggling Ospreys outfit. The reigning champions should be able to respond by covering with a huge home performance with a stronger side expected to take the field against the depleted Welsh side.

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