French Top 14: Montpellier v Racing 92 Preview

There's an epic Top 14 clash in-store this weekend with Montpellier and Racing 92 set to lock horns on Saturday the 10th of March.

French heavyweights, Montpellier and Racing 92, will square off this Saturday in what should be a fascinating Top 14 encounter. The hosts head into this one as league leaders and can further extend their advantage over the chasing pack with a win here. Their opponents currently occupy a secnd spot on the standings and a win here would see Racing climb to the summit of the league table.

Montpellier Herault v Racing Metro
Saturday 10 March
Altrad Stadium

To Win (80 Mins)
Montpellier 3/10
Draw 18/1
Racing 49/20

Well, last week certainly didn't go to script for Vern Cotter's boys as they went down 31-29 to minnows, Agen. The loss was their first domestic defeat of 2018, with the other two fixtures they've played this year seeing them beat Bordeaux 11-10 and Oyannax 30-43.

When these two sides last met in the Top 14, Racing managed to hold Montpellier to a blank running out 26-0 victors. Montpellier certainly had an off day then and will be looking to get revenge for that defeat. They could well do this as the Altrad Stadium has been something of a fortress this season with Montpellier yet to lose a domestic game on home soil this season.

If you had told me six months ago that Racing 92 would only be three points off the summit of the Top 14, I would have said you're a madman. The men from Paris had a very sluggish start to the campaign but started to turn things around in late November.

Racing are on a terrific run of form that has seen them win six of their last seven domestic fixtures. They have claimed some big scalps during this sequence of positive results including those of Clermont and La Rochelle. They also head into this game off a 17-13 victory over Brive. 

Verdict: Montpellier 3/10
Montpellier were far from their best last week but I'm expecting a big response from them here. I wouldn't exactly call this one a banker but Montpellier should get the win if they play to their strengths. 

Written by 
Darry Worthington

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