Clermont Auvergne v La Rochelle Rugby Predictions & Betting Odds – 10th May 2019

Classy Clermont can hold off La Rochelle challenge

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European Challenge Cup Rugby Preview – 7.45 pm kick off

This is the final of the second tier of European continental club rugby. The Europa League of Rugby if you like, in the shadow of the European Champions Cup. It will be an all-French affair for the 2019 finale which is taking place at St James’ Park in Newcastle on Friday night.

Clermont Auvergne v La Rochelle odds*

Clermont Auvergne 4/9
La Rochelle 15/8
Draw 22/1
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on May 6th, 2019 at 11:38 pm)

Clermont Auvergne v La Rochelle Preview

Clermont are gunning for the Top 14 title on the domestic front and have a great shot at landing some European glory here as well. They have won the Challenge Cup twice before in their history and they are heavy odds-on favourites to collect the victory in this meeting.

Clermont were the top try-scorers during the pool stage of this season’s competition and they boast the top try scorer in Peter Betham, who has produced ten tries in eight appearances so far. It’s been fantastic stuff from them and they are 10/11 odds for a -6 handicap in this European Challenge Cup Final.

Clermont and La Rochelle traded home wins in their league meetings this season. While La Rochelle picked up a narrow 16-12 home success over them in October, Clermont managed a bonus point in the game. It was a one-sided affair in January when the two met in the reverse fixture, Claremont posing a huge 44-19 success with some ease in the fixture.

La Rochelle though are in some decent form at the moment and they have gotten better and better the longer the season has gone on. They are going to raise their game to another level here though to get what would be their first ever European Challenge Cup title. Their star man is Ihaia West who is not only the top point scorer in this season’s Top 14 but also in the Challenge Cup.

Clermont Auvergne v La Rochelle Prediction

With Clermont going into the duel as favourites, the bookmaker has set a -6 on them to cover at 10/11 odds* (betting odds taken from bet365 on May 6th, 2019 at 11:38 pm). That doesn’t actually look to be too big of a handicap for them to overcome at the end of the day.

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