ERCC: Clermont v Racing Metro Preview

Rugby players forming a scrum

French heavyweights, Clermont and Racing Metro, will collide on Sunday the 1st of April in the penultimate European Champions Cup quarter-final.

Domestic rivals Clermont and Racing are set for an epic showdown at the Stade Marcel-Michelin. The two sides have experienced contrasting fortunes since the turn of the year with Clermont dropping well off the boil in the Top 14, while Racing have been in scintillating form and have moved up to second position in the French top tier.

Clermont v Racing
Sunday 1 April
Stade Marcel-Michelin

To Win (80 Mins)
Clermont 44/100 | Draw 22/1 | Racing 37/20

2018 is not proving to be a happy year for The Vulcans, who have seen their domestic title defence go up in smoke. They currently lie ninth on the Top 14 table and would need a minor miracle to occur if they are to make the play-offs.

This weekend's hosts have been a lot better in Europe, however. They managed to top a group that featured reigning Champions Cup holders, Saracens. Clermont actually managed to give 'Sarries one of the most brutal rugby lessons ever during the group phase as they ran out 14-46 victors at Allianz Park.

Unlike their opponents for his weekend, Racing have been in marvellous form on the domestic front, winning three of their last four fixtures. They look assured of a spot in the Top 14 play-offs which is rather amazing considering how slow a start they had to the season.

Racing were by no means as all-conquering as Clermont during the round-robin phase of this season's Champions Cup. The men from the French capital only secured qualification by the skin of their teeth with their two pool point advantage over fellow pool runners-up, the London Wasps, seeing them through.

Verdict: Clermont 44/100
I chose not to look at this season's head-to-head results between the two sides as I think they may well be misleading. Clermont may be in poor form domestically but I fully expect a good showing from them in Europe.

Written by Darry Worthington for

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