Clermont Auvergne vs Grenoble by Sebmc

Clermont is first and have an amazing level. Today, they are without Vahaamahina, Iturria, Chouly, Fofana, Lamerat, Spedding who are on international duty. Ulugia, Bardy, Jedrasiak, Cancoriet are injured. Fritz Lee is suspended. Clermont has a lock issue because only Timani and Van der Merwe are available. So, Gerondeau will cover this position on the bench. Youngsters Penaud, Raka, Giorgadze, Falgoux will start. But Clermont is used to start with some yougsters. All of them have a good level.


Grenoble is 13th with 6 points less than Lyon, first team out of the relegation zone. They started bad because they had lots of injured players. Wing Sisa Waqa and fullback Fabien Gengenbacher. Two key players, Wisniewski and Grice will start whereas they were benched last week. The back line is great Battle – Hunt – Farrell – Aplon – Gengenbacher. However, I prefer Aplon as fullback. Sona Taumalolo, Xavier Mignot, Arnaud Héguy, Charl McLeod, Fabien Barcella, Mahamadou Diaby and Lucas Dupont are out. Their big issue is the front row which is very bad. They suffered a lot last week in Toulon (42-12).


Clermont : Abendanon ; Strettle, Penaud, Stanley ; Raka ; (o) Lopez, (m) Parra ; Lapandry, Yato, Giorgadze ; Timani, Van der Merwe ; Zirakashvili, Kayser, Falgoux. Replacements : Charles, Debaty, Gérondeau, Kolelishvili, Cassang, Fernandez, Rougerie, Ric. Grenoble : Gengenbacher ; Aplon, Farrell, Hunt, Batlle ; (o) Wisniewski, (m) Saseras ; Alexandre, Grice, Kimlin ; Muldowney, Capelli ; De Klerk, Bouchet, Coulson. Replacements : Jammes, Dardet, Roodt, Setephano, Mélé, Bosch, Waqa, Edwards.


Rain is expected during all day. So, it will be hard to play a good rugby. Grenoble has some key players back while Clermont is without key players. I think that Clermont will win but not by more than
Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Grenoble +26 Ladbrokes 2.20 6 21-20 WON (+7.2 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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