French Top 14: Clermont v Toulon Preview

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Top 14 heavy hitters, Clermont an Toulon, will square off on Saturday the 29th of September.

Clermont will be looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season when they take on a Toulon side that hammered minnows Agen last weekend.

Clermont Auvergne v Toulon
Saturday 29 September
Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin


To Win (80 Mins)
Clermont 1/8
Draw 25/1

Toulon 5/1

This season's Top 14 pacesetters head into Saturday's fixture off their first defeat of the season which saw them go down 23-19 away to the Bordeaux Begles. Despite the loss, the Vulcans remain at the top of the standings a point clear of second-placed Stade Francais.

Clermont will be looking to bounce back in style against a very hit-and-miss Toulon side. Their opponents have struggled on the road and it would not be surprising to see Clermont pick up the full five-point haul from this encounter.

While Toulon managed to record a big 33-3 win over Agen it was far from a vintage performance from the mega-rich club who struggled to kick on during the second-half of their game against the minnows.

They face a much harder test this weekend with Clermont being in an entirely different calibre to Agen. Toulon will also be on the road here and they have struggled away from home this term going down 37-10 to Stade Francais in their last away fixture.

Verdict: Clermont 1/8
Toulon may be slightly more confident having got another win under their belts but I can't see them competing with a strong Clermont side on the road. My money is on the hosts taking this one by 15 points or more.  

Written by Darry Worthington for Hollywoodbets

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