2020-21 European Rugby Challenge Cup – Cardiff Blues vs Stade Francais Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Cardiff Blues vs Stade Francais taking place? Sunday 20th December, 2020 – 17:30 (UK)

Where is Cardiff Blues vs Stade Francais taking place? Rodney Parade, Newport

Where can I get tickets for Cardiff Blues vs Stade Francais? Visit official club websites for ticket information

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

Where can I stream Cardiff Blues vs Stade Francais? If televised, BT Sport subscribers can stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

THE TEAM NEWS

Cardiff Blues: 15 Hallam Amos, 14 Aled Summerhill, 13 Garyn Smith, 12 Max Llewellyn, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Jarrod Evans, 9 Lloyd Williams, 8 Alun Lawrence, 7 Josh Turnbull, 6 Cory Hill (c), 5 Seb Davies, 4 Ben Murphy, 3 Dillon Lewis, 2 Kristian Dacey, 1 Brad Thyer

Replacements: 16 Ethan Lewis, 17 Rhys Carre, 18 Dmitri Arhip, 19 Rory Thornton, 20 Sam Moore, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Ben Thomas, 23 Rey Lee-Lo

Stade Francais: 15 Sione Tui, 14 Sefa Naivalu, 13 Gael Fickou, 12 Varian Pasquet, 11 Adrien Lapegue, 10 Arthur Coville, 9 William Percillier, 8 Tala Gray, 7 Ryan Chapuis (c), 6 Charlie Francoz, 5 Pierre-Henri Azagoh, 4 Gerbrandt Grobler, 3 Giorgi Melikidze, 2 Laurent Panis, 1 Sami Mavinga

Replacements: 16 Lucas Da Silva, 17 Soulemane Camara, 18 Luke Tagi, 19 Louis Vincent, 20 Ferdinand Dreno, 21 Telusa Veainu, 22 Lester Etien, 23 Atu Manu

THE PREDICTION

In what should prove to be the best Challenge Cup match this weekend, Cardiff Blues will host Stade Francais off the back of a statement win away to Premiership high-fliers Newcastle Falcons in round 1. The Blues are fifth after that win having missed out on a bonus point but look to be one of the early pace-setters in terms of performance. Stade Francais were shocked at home by Pro14 strugglers Benetton last weekend to the tune of 20-44 and they will be eager to tighten up their defence after performing so well in the Top 14. However, most of their good work has been played at home and a long trip to Cardiff could see them just fall short here. A home win in a match that goes over 40 points looks a reasonable outcome.

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