Challenge Cup: Edinburgh v Stade Francais Preview

Edinburgh will be presented with an opportunity to secure top spot in Pool 4 the Challenge Cup Quater-Finals, with a game to spare, when they take on defending Champions Stade Francais on Friday evening. 

Edinburgh will be looking to wrap up Pool 4 of the European Rugby Challenge Cup when they welcome Stade Francais to Myerside on Friday. The hosts are assured of qualification already, but a victory here would assure them top spot on the pool 4 standings and the home quarter-final that comes in toe with that particular accolade.

Edinburgh Rugby v Stade Francais |  Friday 12 January | Myerside | 21:35

To Win (80 Mins)
Edinburgh 1/5 | Draw 22/1 | Stade 33/10
Edinburgh 9/10 (-11.5) | Stade 8/10 (+11.5)

Edinburgh Rugby
This has been nothing short of a flawless campaign from the Scottish outfit, who currently top the pops in Pool 4 of the Challenge Cup. The men from Scottish capital currently sit eight points clear of second-placed Stade Francais, and a victory her would see them secure qualification for the next round of the tournament with a game to spare.

They have won all four of their Challenge Cup fixtures with a bonus point and have a points difference of plus 190. They have also scored an amazing 238 points in four games at a staggering average of 59.5 points per game.

Stade Francais
This will be Stade's first meeting with Edinburgh this term with the two sides set to lock horns for the second and possibly final time, in France on Saturday the 20th of January.

The French outfit have done well to get themselves into a position were qualifying for the next round of the competition, as they looked dead and buried after they lost their first two fixtures to Kransy Yar and London Irish.

Victories over the two aforementioned sides in the return legs have seen Stade move into second on the Pool 4 standings. And while they're too far off Edinburgh to harbour any hopes of finishing top of their pool, they can still secure one of the best-placed pool runner-up qualification berths.

In order to secure a spot in the next round, Stade are going to have to win one of their remaining two matches against Edinburgh, which will be no mean feat considering how dominant the Scottish side are particularly at home.

Verdict: Edinburgh 9/10 (-11.5)
The Scottish side should take the spoils here but I can see Stade getting a losing bonus point out of the game. If Stade can take a losing bonus point from this one, then it will give them a massive boost of confidence headed into next week's return leg. 

Written by Darry Worthington for

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