Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: ERCC: Final Preview

ERCC: Final Preview


The Exeter Chiefs and Racing Metro 92 will go head-to-head in the 2019/20 European Rugby Champions Cup Final on Saturday the 17th of October. 

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Saturday will see the curtain drawn on the longest season of cross-country European Rugby with the Exeter Chiefs set to square off against Racing Metro 92 at Ashton Gate. The two sides come into this off contrasting build-ups with the Chiefs enjoying a leisurely stroll to yet another Gallagher Premiership final while Racing have endured a tough couple of weeks with a number of their squad contracting COVID-19 and then losing a fixture to Toulouse. 

Will the Chief's perfect build-up give them the edge this Saturday or will Racing's horrid lead up galvanize their squad and prime them for European glory? 

Exeter Chiefs v Racing Metro 92
Saturday 17 October
Ashton Gate 
17:45

To Win (80 Mins)
Exter 5/10
Draw 20/1
Racing 17/10

Handicap
Exeter
Racing

*Handicap to be added on release


Exeter Chiefs
History beckons for the men from Devonshire who will be looking to claim their first piece of European silverware this Saturday. It has been a meteoric rise for Rob Baxter's men who were plying their trade in the second tier of English rugby only a decade ago. 

While the Chiefs may not have a much European pedigree as Racing, they do know what finals rugby is all about having played in the last four Gallagher Premiership finals - they will make a fifth straight finals appearance this year as well after they beat Bath 35-6 in this past weekend's semi-finals. They have, however, only won one of the aforementioned finals with that victory coming back in the 2016/17 season. 

Exeter have been solid in this season's Champions Cup topping Pool 2, which featured the Glasgow Warriors, La Rochelle and the Sale Sharks. They won five of their six games, with the only blemish on their record being a 31-31 draw with the Warriors. They were even more impressive in the knock-out phase of the competition beating the Northampton Saints 38-15 in the quarter-finals and then defeating much-fancied Toulouse 28-18 in the semi-finals. 

Racing Metro 92
Racing Metro will also be looking for their inaugural Champions Cup trophy with the French side having finished as tournament runners-up twice with their latest runners-up berth coming in the 2017/18 season where they went down to Leinster by just three points. 

Like Exeter, Racing cruised through their pool phase topping Pool 4 which featured Saracens, Munster and the Ospreys. Like Exeter, they also recorded a draw in during their pool phase campaign being held 21-21 by Munster. They also suffered a defeat during the pool phase going down 27-24 to Saracens. They have been highly impressive in the knock-out phase beating Clermont 27-36 in the quarters and then beating Saracens 19-15 in the semis. 

As noted earlier, Racing have endured a tough old lead into this game as they had their Top 14 game against La Rochelle cancelled. They then returned to the field this weekend and were beaten 24-30 by Toulouse. 

Verdict: Exeter 5/10
I'm going to take the safe option here and back the Chiefs on the straight win. I think they are far better prepped for this one than their opponents are. They also have the luxury of the game being held in England and they won't need to jump through all the hoops Racing will have to to get to the ground. 

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