2020-21 European Rugby Champions Cup – Toulouse vs Bordeaux Begles Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Toulouse vs Bordeaux Begles taking place? Saturday 1st May, 2021 – 15:00 (UK)

Where is Toulouse vs Bordeaux Begles taking place? Stade Ernest Wallon, Toulouse

Where can I get tickets for Toulouse vs Bordeaux Begles? Visit official club websites for ticket information

What television channel is Toulouse vs Bordeaux Begles on? This match will be televised live on BT Sport

Where can I stream Toulouse vs Bordeaux Begles? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

THE TEAM NEWS

Toulouse: 15 Maxime Médard, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Zack Holmes, 12 Pita Ahki, 11 Matthis Lebel, 10 Romain Ntamack, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Francois Cros, 6 Alban Placines, 5 Richie Arnold, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Julien Marchand (c), 1 Cyril Baille

Replacements: 16 Peato Mauvaka, 17 Clément Castets, 18 Dorian Aldegheri, 19 Joe Tekori, 20 Rynhardt Elstadt, 21 Antoine Miquel, 22 Baptiste Germain, 23 Juan Cruz Mallía

Bordeaux-Begles: 15 Nans Ducuing, 14 Romain Buros, 13 Pablo Uberti, 12 Yoram Falatea-Moefana, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Matthieu Jalibert (c), 9 Maxime Lucu, 8 Alexandre Roumat, 7 Guido Petti, 6 Cameron Woki, 5 Jandré Marais, 4 Kane Douglas, 3 Vadim Cobilas, 2 Maxime Lamothe, 1 Thierry Paiva

Replacements: 16 Joseph Dweba, 17 Jefferson Poirot, 18 Ben Tameifuna, 19 Cyril Cazeaux, 20 Scott Higginbotham, 21 Yann Lesgourgues, 22 Ulupano Seuteni, 23 Thomas Jolmes

THE PREDICTION

Toulouse did well to bounce back from a disappointing Top 14 loss at Castres with a 34-16 victory at home to racing 92 last Saturday to lead the table on their own once again. They had to reach the semi-finals of the Champions Cup the hard way with two excellent away wins over Pro14 runners-up Munster and Clermont Auvergne and they have been rewarded with a home tie here. Travelling Bordeaux were exceptional in beating current Premiership leaders Bristol Bears and then Racing 92 in their recent Champions Cup fixtures and this semi-final looks a lot closer than some are predicting. Were the tie reversed Bordeaux would likely fancy their chances at reaching the final but they will be a tough prospect on the road all the same. Still, Toulouse look to have shaken off a wobble and can cover -10 at home to make the finals.

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