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PREVIEW: Stade take on Racing as Top 14 playoffs get underway

The Top 14 reaches its business end this coming weekend with the ‘barrage/play-offs’ getting underway with Stade Francais taking on Racing 92 in the first of the two fixtures.

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This Parasian derby is sure to be a cracker with the sides being pretty evenly matched in their last round-robin encounter which saw Racing 92 edge it 13-17.

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Saturday 3 June

Stade Francais 66/100 | Draw 22/1 | Racing 92 5/4

Handicap TBA*

The next Parisian derby will be upon as shortly and while there’s always a lot on the line when Stade and Racing meet, this fixture holds more significance to it with a place in the 2022/23 Tp 14 semi-finals on the line. 

The hosts for Saturday’s encounter had a rather underwhelming end to their regular season and losses to Clermont (32-16), Heineken Cup champions La Rochelle (14-10) and a 31-31 draw with Lyon cost them their chances of an automatic semi-final berth. 

Racing 92 are the first hurdle in the way of Stade’s possible run to the finals. This weekend’s visitors had a better end to their regular season campaign beating Bayonne 55-14, an understrength Toulon side 43-7 before going down 32-25 to Clermont this past weekend. They’re a side that has improved a lot during the final salvos of the campaign and should give Stade a real run for their money here. 

In terms of the head-to-head results between the sides this season, as noted in the introduction, Racing managed to scrape a 14-17 win when the sides met for the second time in the Top 14 while the first clash between the duo saw Stade hammer Racing 10-48. It’s rather interesting to note that the two domestic games were one by whichever side was the visiting team.  

I reckon this will be a very close game but one in which the hosts come through. The handicap is likely to be a very narrow one which is why I won’t be taking any risks and just getting on the straight home win. 

Stade at 66/100.

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