Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: French Top 14: Round 16 Preview

French Top 14: Round 16 Preview

The French Top 14

The French Top 14 enters it's 16th round this coming weekend, and we've got you covered with a preview for the seven games.

While the Six Nations has taken away some of the gloss from Round 16 of the Top 14, there's still some great domestic action taking place in the French top tier this weekend with blockbuster clashes aplenty. The reall standout games of the round see Lyon tackle Racing, Cermont take on Bordeaux and Toulon square off with La Rochelle.

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La Rochelle v Toulon
Saturday 22 February
Stade Marcel Delfrandre

To Win (80 Mins)
La Rochelle 9/20
Draw 20/1
Toulon 7/4

We open the weekend up with a clash between fourth-placed La Rochelle and fifth-placed Toulon. Only two points seperate the sides on the Top 14 standings, so there's a lot riding on the result here.

The hosts have been in pactchy form over their last three game only registering one win. They head into Round 16 off the back of a narrow 21-20 away defeat to a struggling Stade Francais outfit.

Toulon have been in better touch of late winning two of their last three fixtures. One of these victories came last weekend where they beat Brive 34-17.

Verdict:  La Rochelle 9/20
I fancy the hosts to take it here, albeit by a very small margin.

Bayonne v Stade Francais
Saturday 22 February 
Stade Jean Dauger

To Win (80 Mins)

Bayonne 17/20
Draw 20/1
Stade 19/20

Bayonne and Stade Francais lock horns in the day's next fixture. The hosts currently reside in 11th place but are only three points clear of Stade, who sit at the foot of the table.

Stade have been in slightly better form than Bayonne since the turn of the year with this weekend's visitors winning two of their five fixtures and the hosts only winning one of five. Stade also head into this one off the back of a one-point win over La Rochelle while Bayonne come into the fixture having gone down 31-29 to Montpellier in Round 15.

Verdict: Bayonne 19/20
While they are struggling for form, I can still see Bayonne getting one over a very unimpressive Stade outfit

Brive v Agen
Saturday 22 February
Stade Amedee - Domenech

To Win (80 Mins)
Brive 1/4
Draw 20/1
Agen 28/10

Brive will be looking to bounce back from their 17 point defeat to Toulouse when they take on an Agen outfit that went down by 19 points at home to Castres last weekend.

Both teams are leaking points at the moment with Brive conceeding 100 points in their last three games and Agen haemorraging 102.

Verdict: Brive 1/4
Both teams have very leaky defences so it may well be worth looking into a few 'Overs' points plays via the Hollywoodbets Live-In Play system. If you're looking for ante-post bet then the Brive win is the way to go.

Castres v Pau
Saturday 22 February
Stade Pierre-Fabre

To Win (80 Mins)
Castres 1/4
Draw 20/1
Pau 11/4

Castres will be looking to close the gap on the teams in the play-off places when they tackle a Pau side who are currently trying to stave off relegation.

The hosts have been in decent touch since the turn of the year winning three of their five fixtures. The same cannot be said for the visitors who have only won two of their last five games and head into this one off the back of a 20-23 home loss to Clermont.

Verdict: Castres 1/4
While Pau did show some signs of life against Clermont last weekend, I cannot see them claiming an away win over a Castres side that is solid at home.

Clermont v Bordeaux Begles
Saturday 22 February
Parc des Sport Marcell Michellin

To Win (80 Mins)
Clermont 4/10
Draw 20/1
Bordeaux 2/1

Table-toppers Bordeaux will take on Clermont in Saturday's final fixture. The log-leaders will be extremly confident headed into this one having beaten a solid Lyon side 37-19 last weekend.

Clermont also fared decently in Round 15 as they registered a 20-23 away victory over Pau. This was their fourth straight win across all competitions.

Verdict: Bordeaux 2/1
Clermont are missing some real big names due to 6 Nations commitments. And while Bordeaux have a few absentees as well, I think they are better equipped to deal with missing a few players.

Lyon v Racing Metro 92
Sunday 22 February
Stade Gerland

To Win (80 Mins)
Lyon 3/10
Draw 20/1 
Racing 51/20

Lyon will be looking to bounce back from last weekend's defeat to the Bordeaux Begles when they play host to a Racing outfit that beat Toulouse in the last round of fixtures.

The hosts have endured some patchy form of late and have only won two of their last five fixtures. Racing have had a much better time of it since the turn of the year, winning four of their last five fixtures.

Verdict: Racing 51/20
This is a rather interesting tie. Lyon are struggling for form while Racing are on the up. While the smart play would be to wait for the handicap and fire on the away plus, a small play on the Racing straight may not be the worst shout either.

Toulouse v Montpellier
Sunday 23 February
Stade Ernst-Wallon

To Win (80 Mins)
Tolouse 2/9
Draw 20/1
Montpellier 33/10

Toulouse and Montpellier will lock horns in the final game of the round. The two sides are only seperated by one-point, with Montpellier sitting in sixth place on the Top 14 standings.

Both teams have won three of the five games they have played in 2020. They do come into this one off contrasting results, however, as Montpellier beat Bayonne 31-29 and Toulpoiuse went down 30-27 to Racing Metro.

Verdict: Toulouse 2/9
Toulouse were deseperately unlucky not to win last weekend. I cannot see them bouncing back right this weekend. My money is on the hosts taking it by more than 20.

Written by Darry Worthington for Hollywoodbets.

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