Bristol Bears vs Stade Francais Rugby Betting Tip Bears -19 handicap – 15th January 2022

Bears can stroll to a comfortable European home win over Stade Francais

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England Bristol Bears vs Stade Francais France
15th January – Kick Off 2000hrs
Rugby – England – European Champions Cup
Pick Bears -19 handicap
Bookmaker Bet365
Odds: 4/5 odds taken 19:19 GMT on January 13th, 2022

There is a cracking Heineken Cup rugby match to come from Ashton Gate on Saturday as Bristol host Stade Francais.

The Bears have had a difficult season on all fronts, but they will look to make a winning start to their Pool stage campaign on Saturday.

Stade Francais opened their account in this season’s competition with an away defeat at Connacht. Will the Top 14 unit be able to come up with a response in a fascinating clash?

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Bristol Bears Preview – Can Bears pass a tough test?

This hasn’t been the greatest of seasons by the Bristol Bears in any tournament.

Saturday will see them step into European Champions Cup action for the first time this season.

In the match tonight, Bristol are massive 1/20 odds-on favourites* (odds recorded 19:19 GMT on January 13th, 2022).

Looking at the current form of the Bears, they have collected two wins in their last seven matches in all competitions.

They avoided a three-match losing streak with a home win over Sale Sharks in the Premiership last weekend.

Bristol’s output at home recently has been better, winning three of their last five played there.

Home wins have been a feature of previous meetings between Bristol and Stade Francais in the Heineken Cup.

The two cubs have played two previous matches, both of those ending in a home win on the day.

That was back in the 2007/08 Pool Stage so it’s been a while

Our betting prediction:
Bears 11-20 winning margin

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* (odds recorded 19:19 GMT on January 13th, 2022)


Bristol Bears have lost their last two home games in the competition.

That has been a clear drop in form because they have suffered only one in their previous five.

The handicap margin could be interesting for this one.

A Bristol -19 handicap is at a quote of 4/5* (odds recorded 19:19 GMT on January 13th, 2022).

Each of the last six home matches for Bristol in the Heineken Cup have been settled by at least a margin of 14 points.

Bristol Bears are W3 L3 at home in the tournament against French visitors, losing the last three.


Stade Francais Preview – French visitors to struggle?

Stade Francais have lost their last four away matches in all competitions.

That includes a foray in the Europa Champions Cup this season when they went to Connacht.

Stade Francais were torn apart in Ireland suffering a 39-9 loss.

That is the only match that the French outfit have played in this season’s competition.

Just like the Bristol Bears, the current form of Stade Francis is nothing special at all.

The Top14 side have lost five of their last seven as well (W2).

The two wins that they banked in that sequence both cropped up on home turf in the league.

In the match outright for rugby betting, Stade Francais are 10/1 underdogs* (odds recorded 19:19 GMT on January 13th, 2022).

They are not likely going to be at full strength for this trip to Ashton Gate either on the weekend.

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Stade Francais have lost their last two away matches played in the competition, including that one at Connacht this term.

Those two defeats incidentally, were their two heaviest defeats in Heineken Cup away fixtures.

The Parisian club were really efficient in the tackling department in that match against Connacht.

But they put in such heavy defensive work that they posed no attacking threat.

They are huge underdogs here, and it’s hard to see them coming away with a victory.


Bristol Bears vs Stade Francais Betting Advice

Stade Francais do not look to be much of a threat at the moment, certainly when they are on the road.

They have lost their last four road games in all competitions and they failed to reach double figures in three of those.

So it’s the Bristol Bears -19 handicap that we pulling towards at 4/5 odds* (odds recorded 19:19 GMT on January 13th, 2022).


Key Facts – Bristol Bears vs Stade Francais Betting Tip

  • Bristol Bears are W1 L1 from two previous matches against Stade Francais
  • Bristol Bears are on a three-match losing home streak against Top14 teams in the Heineken Cup
  • Stade Francais have lost their last four away games in all competitions


The small head to head trends towards a home win for the Bears as well and this looks like being fairly routine.

Therefore the Bristol Bears 11-20 winning margin pick is the other option for rugby betting at 11/4* (odds recorded 19:19 GMT on January 13th, 2022).

The Bears need this success to keep themselves in the hunt for the next round of action and they should get it.


The best betting odds for Bristol Bears vs Stade Francais

Bristol Bears to win: 1/20 at Bet365
Draw: 40/1 at Bet365
Stade Francais to win: 10/1 at Bet365