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

THE FACTS

When is Ulster vs ASM Clermont Auvergne taking place? Friday 22nd November, 2019 – 19:45 (UK)

Where is Ulster vs ASM Clermont Auvergne taking place? Kingspan Stadium, Belfast

What is the expected weather for Ulster vs ASM Clermont Auvergne? 7c rain

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

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

Where can I get tickets for Ulster vs ASM Clermont Auvergne? 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 ASM Clermont Auvergne? ASM Clermont Auvergne 38-19 Ulster

THE TEAM NEWS

ULSTER

  • Ulster pulled off a thrilling 16-17 win over Bath as they held on in a closely-fought contest to claim victory in their opening Champions Cup tie, with the Irish side just one point ahead at half-time and full-time.
  • Irish international Iain Henderson returned to the Ulster side last week and the newly-appointed captain will hope to make it two from two against a tough opponent in Clermont Auvergne..

Line-up: Will Addison, Louis Ludik, Luke Marshall, Stuart McCloskey, Jacob Stockdale, Billy Burns, John Cooney; Eric O'Sullivan, Rob Herring, Marty Moore, Alan O’Connor, Iain Henderson (capt), Sean Reidy, Jordi Murphy, Marcell Coetzee.

Replacements: Adam McBurney, Kyle McCall, Tom O’Toole, Kieran Treadwell, Nick Timoney, David Shanahan, Bill Johnston, Craig Gilroy.

ASM CLERMONT AUVERGNE

  • European Challenge Cup champions Clermont Auvergne produced a dominant display as they ran in 53 points in their opening Champions Cup game at home to Harlequins.
  • Peceli Yato was in incredible form for the French outfit as he ran in two tries as well as racking up an outstanding 132 metres, while French international Alivereti Raka proved his worth to the team with two tries as well.

Line-up: Etienne Falgoux, John Ulugia, Rabah Slimani, Paul Jedrasiak, Sitaleki Timani, Peceli Yato, Arthur Iturria, Fritz Lee (capt), Greig laidlaw, Jake McIntyre, Alivereti Raka, George Moala, Isaia Toeava, Peter Betham, Nick Abendanon.

Replacements: Mike Tadjer, Loni Uhila, Davit Zirakashivili, Thibaud Lanen, Lucas Dessaigne, Morgan Parra, Camille Lopes, Api Naqalevu.

THE PREDICTION

Both Ulster and Clermont Auvergne picked up strong wins in their opening Champions Cup matches but know they have a tough ask to back that up here. Clermont are a different animal at home, like many of the French sides in this tournament, but after such a big win last week they will be full of confidence and should be able to back that up with an important away victory in this one.

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