French Top 14: Racing Metro v Toulouse Preview

Racing Metro will be looking to close the gap on table-topping La Rochelle when they play host to Toulouse on Friday the 22nd of December.

Racing Metro and Toulouse will get an action-packed set of Top 14 fixtures underway when they lock horns this Friday evening. The hosts have been in solid domestic form of late, only losing one of their last five fixtures. Toulouse have been far more hit and miss recently and come into this one as rank outsiders.

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Racing Metro v Toulouse | Friday 22 December | U Arena | 21:45

To Win (80 Mins)
Racing 3/10 | Draw 18/1 | Toulouse 26/10

Racing Metro
Metro may have blown hot and cold in the Champions Cup this past fortnight but they have been a model of consistency in the Top 14 over the past two months, winning four of their last five fixtures. These wins came against some of the League's heavy hitters, with Racing beating Toulon by 11 points away from home and then hammering Montpellier at the U Arena.

Metro's last domestic fixture didn't go according to plan as the Parisians went down 27-17 to Stade Francais. That result snapped their impressive unbeaten run and was followed by a Champions Cup defeat to local rivals, Castres, They did manage to atone for the latter loss as they soundly beat Castres in the reverse tie which took place last weekend.

This weekend's visitors have a far less impressive recent domestic record than that of their opponents as they have lost two of their last three fixtures. The defeats came against Montpellier and Castres, which leads one to believe that Toulouse struggles to mix it with the League's big guns. This theory will be once again put into practice this weekend as they face an in-form and big-name brand in Racing.

Toulouse were also involved in a continental competition over the past fortnight, taking on domestic foes Lyon in a Challenge Cup double-header. They managed to get the better of their opponents on home soil but, like Racing, they could not bag an away win as they went down to Lyon in the return leg this past weekend.

Verdict: Racing Metro 3/10
Metro have really upped their game over the past two months and I cannot see them having any trouble defeating Toulouse at the U-Arena. The home win should be added to all multiples this weekend.

Written by Darry Worthington for

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