2020-21 European Rugby Challenge Cup – Brive vs Zebre Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Brive vs Zebre taking place? Friday 18th December, 2020 – 21:00 (UK)

Where is Brive vs Zebre taking place? Stade Amedee-Domenech, Brive-la-Gaillarde

Where can I get tickets for Brive vs Zebre? Visit official club websites for ticket information

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

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

THE TEAM NEWS

Brive: 15 Seta Tuicuvu, 14 Joris Jurand, 13 Guillaume Galletier, 12 Sevanaia Galala, 11 Valentin Tirefort, 10 Tedo Abzhandadze, 9 David Delarue, 8 Kitione Kamikamica, 7 Esteban Abadie (c), 6 Irakli Tskhadadze, 5 Stan South, 4 Renger van Eerten, 3 Mesake Doge, 2 Badri Alkhazashvili, 1 Wesley Tapueluelu

Replacements: 16 Enzo Jouannet, 17 Daniel Brennan, 18 Luka Japaridze, 19 Steevy Cerqueira, 20 Otari Giorgadze, 21 Quentin Delord, 22 Fouad Boulaghrifa, 23 Maxence Darthou

Zebre: 15 Michelangelo Biondelli, 14 Pierre Bruno, 13 Giulio Bisegni (c), 12 Federico Mori, 11 Jamie Elliott, 10 Carlo Canna, 9 Marcello Violi, 8 Renato Giammarioli, 7 Maxime Mbanda, 6 Jimmy Tuivaiti, 5 Mick Kearney, 4 Samuele Ortis, 3 Giosue’ Zilocchi, 2 Luca Bigi, 1 Danilo Fischetti

Replacements: 16 Oliviero Fabiani, 17 Andrea Lovotti, 18 Eduardo Bello, 19 Leonard Krumov, 20 Lorenzo Masselli, 21 Nicolò Casilio, 22 Antonio Rizzi, 23 Enrico Lucchin

THE PREDICTION

Zebre put in a spirited performance last weekend to draw 25-25 with visiting Bayonne, a mid-table Top 14 side who had beaten plenty of big guns already this season. The Pro14’s second-lowest team grabbed their only win of the new season at home to Ospreys last month and their exploits have not transferred to any such away form. Brive scored 17 points away to Leicester Tigers but were outclassed in a 39-17 defeat last weekend. This match could throw up some surprises but it is unlikely that Zebre can match Brive on the road. The hosts to win a match that sees less than 40 points looks likely.

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