French Top 14: Pau v Clermont Preview

Clermont will be looking to build on the momentum they picked up in Europe over the past fortnight when they take on Pau on Saturday the 23rd of December. 

Defending Top 14 champions Clermont will be looking to move closer towards the play-off positions when they travel to Pau this weekend. The visitors have enjoyed a solid run of form over the past month and come into this one off back-to-back Champions Cup wins over Saracens.

Pau v Clermont | Saturday 23 December | Stade du Hameau | 21:45

To Win (80 Mins)
Pau 5/10 | Draw 18/1 | Clermont 17/10

Pau
While Pau's hot streak isn't as hot as Clermont's, this weekend's hosts have been in relatively solid form of late winning two of their last three domestic games. They also come into this one having done the double over domestic rivals Agen in the Challenge Cup.

Now, the home side certainly looks decent value here. They're playing good rugby and they have a solid home record winning their last three games at the Stade du Hameau, but a bit more investigation shows that Pau tend to struggle against France's glamour clubs.

Pau went down to Montpellier at home at the close of December. They also lost to Stade at this weekend's venue in late-September. And with Clermont on the rise, Pau could once again find themselves on the end of a defeat to one of France's big names.

Clermont
They're back! After a woeful start to the season, Clermont have finally gotten their act together and are undefeated in five across all competitions. Their Champions Cup double over Saracens reminded us just how good the reigning Top 14 'champs can be as they hammered their much-vaunted European opposition in London and then ground out a narrow win at home against the same foes only six days later.

While those Champions Cup victories highlighted Clermont's revival, this weekend's visitors had actually been in relatively good touch a few weeks prior to their first date with 'Sarries. Clermont had managed to win two and draw one of their three games before the European Challenge and Champions Cup break. They also ran a few of the big guns close previous to that, just going down to Montpellier and Castres.

Verdict: 17/10
Clermont are fantastic value here. They have turned a corner and should make light work of a Pau side that has struggled against the league's more star-studded outfits.

Written by Darry Worthington for @Hollywoodbets.net

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