Bath vs Racing 92 Prediction: Bath to extend cup unbeaten streak

 | January 13 | 

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Sunday’s European Champions Cup action kicks off at 1pm when Bath, who are two from two in this season’s competition, host Racing 92 who are yet to win.

Bath have made The Recreation Ground a fortress this season, losing just twice in all competitions and winning each of their last five.

Meanwhile, Racing have stuttered in recent weeks, winning just two of their last six in all competitions, and last won away from Paris La Defense Arena in mid-November.

Bath vs Racing 92 Tips

  • Winning Margin - Bath to win by 1-12 points inclusive @ 9/5

Match Odds

Bath are favourites to win this cup clash at 8/13, whereas a Racing victory gives odds of 6/4.

A tie can be backed at 25/1, while a Bath win of more than 12 points is at 11/5.

Team News

Johann van Graan has made three changes to his Bath starting XV, with all these new faces coming in the scrum.

Thomas du Toit comes in at tighthead prop, while Quinn Roux starts in the second row. Both Will Stuart and Elliott Stooke drop to the bench. There is also a change at number eight as Jaco Coetzee misses out on the matchday squad, with Alfie Barbeary replacing him.

No changes at the back means that fly-half Finn Russell faces his former side for the first time since moving last year.

Almost half the starting XV is changed by Racing coach Stuart Lancaster, with the most notable being the return of captain Henry Chavancy at inside centre.

He joins Vinaya Habosi and Antoine Gilbert as the new additions in the backs, as Francis Saili, Wame Naituvi and Tristan Tedder all drop out, while Henry Arundell moves from right to left wing.

Four changes can also be found in the scrum, with Janick Tarrit, Trevor Nyakane, Fabien Sanconnie and Maxime Baudonne replaced by Camille Chat, Thomas Laclayat, Wenceslas Lauret and Kitione Kamikamica, with Cameron Woki making the move from blindside flanker to the second row.

Bath to win by 1-12 points inclusive @ 9/5

Bath have won five of their last six games in all competitions, with the sole blemish of a 35-22 defeat to Leicester Tigers on New Year’s Eve interrupting this streak.

The Premiership side bounced back from that defeat with a gruelling 17-10 victory at home to rivals Gloucester last time out, which was their best defensive display against their local enemies since 2019.

Racing have not looked convincing on the road, losing each of their last three on their travels in all competitions including a heavy 31-15 defeat to Ulster in this group.

However, the French outfit do lead the Top 14, and boast the most potent attack in the division with 352 points scored over 12 games.

This is likely to be close battle between these two sides and, with Bath performing well in this competition, the English side look the likelier to claim the victory.

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