2020-21 European Rugby Challenge Cup – Bath vs Montpellier Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Bath vs Montpellier taking place? Saturday 1st May, 2021 – 20:00 (UK)

Where is Bath vs Montpellier taking place? The Recreation Ground, Bath

Where can I get tickets for Bath vs Montpellier? Visit official club websites for ticket information

What television channel is Bath vs Montpellier on? BT Sport have the rights to televise European Rugby Challenge Cup matches so it is worth checking their schedule

Where can I stream Bath vs Montpellier? If televised, BT Sport subscribers can stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

THE TEAM NEWS

Bath: 15 Anthony Watson, 14 Joe Cokanasiga, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Cameron Redpath, 11 Will Muir, 10 Orlando Bailey, 9 Ben Spencer, 8 Zach Mercer, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Taulupe Faletau, 5 Charlie Ewels (c), 4 Josh McNally, 3 Will Stuart, 2 Tom Dunn, 1 Juan Schoeman

Replacements: 16 Jack Walker, 17 Jamie Bhatti, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Elliott Stooke, 20 Josh Bayliss, 21 Miles Reid, 22 Will Chudley, 23 Max Clark

Montpellier: 15 Anthony Bouthier, 14 Julien Tisseron, 13 Johan Goosen, 12 Arthur Vincent, 11 Vincent Rattez, 10 Alex Lozowski, 9 Benoit Paillaugue, 8 Alexandre Becognee, 7 Yacouba Camara, 6 Nico Janse van Rensburg, 5 Paul Willemse, 4 Florian Verhaeghe, 3 Mohamed Haouas, 2 Guilhem Guirado (c), 1 Enzo Forletta

Replacements: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Grégory Fichten, 18 Titi Lamositele, 19 Tyler Duguid, 20 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Handré Pollard, 23 Vincent Martin

THE PREDICTION

Bath’s season has been wholly unpredictable and they lost 39-29 away at struggling Wasps last weekend in the Premiership to fall back into mid-table obscurity. They were handed two winnable fixtures in the recent Challenge Cup fixtures and took them well in wins over Zebre and London Irish and they should be the favourites at home to Top 14 side Montpellier. The visitors only just beat Glasgow Warriors and Benetton to reach this stage and would be confident of a victory were this match played on their turf but Bath should be able to cover -7 in victory at home where they are unbeaten in three matches.

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