Champions Cup Final 2017: Saracens v Clermont Auvergne Betting Preview

Rugby Union
Updated Sunday 14th May 2017, 12:21 AM


Reigning holders Saracens take on Clermont Auvergne in the Champions Cup final this Saturday at BT Murrayfield. Mark McCall’s men are defending champions, following their 21-9 victory over Racing 92 in last season’s final, whilst Clermont will be looking to lift their first-ever European crown.

How the Bookies See it

  • Winner: Saracens: 8/15, Clermont 13/8, Draw 20/1 – William Hill
  • Team to Score First Try: Saracens: 4/7, Clermont 5/4 – Coral
  • Race to 10 Points: Saracens 1/2, Clermont 6/4, Neither Team 33/1 – Bet365

Form

Saracens have won five of their last six games in all competitions, including the 26-10 victory over Munster in the semi-final at the Aviva Stadium. Most recently, an understrength Sarries outfit lost 35-15 to Wasps at the Ricoh Arena, though the North London-based side are through to the Aviva Premiership play-offs after finishing third in the league table.

Clermont go into Saturday’s final with five wins from their past six games. Their one defeat came at home to Brive in the Top 14, and their victories include the impressive 27-22 triumph over Leinster in the semi-final at the Stade Gerland. The French outfit have finished second in the Top 14, reaching 78 points after beating leaders La Rochelle 30-26 last weekend.

Sports.net’s View

Saracens are unbeaten in 17 European games, the joint-longest record in history, and victory in Edinburgh will see them claim back-to-back European titles and remain on course for a Champions Cup and Aviva Premiership double for a second successive season. They’re 9/2 with Paddy Power to emerge victorious by 1-5 points in what could be a close game on Saturday evening.

With 113 points, fly-half Owen Farrell has scored the most points in this season’s competition. The England playmaker will once again be a key figure against Clermont, going up against French fly-half Camille Lopez. Saracens are 4/6 with Ladbrokes to score the final’s first points, and they could very well come from the boot of the 2017 British and Irish Lion.

Clermont crashed out in the pool stages of last year’s competition, finishing below Exeter Chiefs, Bordeaux and Ospreys in a tight group where four teams were separated by one point, but they’re within 80 minutes of lifting the first Champions Cup crown in their illustrious history. Coral have priced the Top 14 outfit at 12/1 to do so by 11-15 points. Alternatively, you can get them at 15/2 with Boylesports to win by 6-10 points.

Injury doubts remain over the fitness of talismanic scrum-half Morgan Parra, as well as Remi Lamerat, Aurelien Rougerie and Davit Zirakashvili. Wesley Fofana and Noa Nakaitaci are both unavailable for selection through injury, but the French club have always had strength in depth and they still possess a squad full of Test experience and European pedigree. They’re 3/1 with both Ladbrokes and Coral for Half Time/Full Time betting, and 8/5 with both bookmakers to be leading at half-time in the Scottish capital.

Welsh referee Nigel Owens will be taking charge of his third consecutive Champions Cup final, and should expect a tense and tight affair between two quality squads packed with heavy forward packs, and exciting talented backs. Given their form, background and pedigree over the past few years both domestically and in Europe, Saracens should prevail and retain the coveted Champions Cup crown.

  • Sports.net’s Top Tip: Saracens to win by 1-5 points – 9/2 – Paddy Power

Please note that odds may fluctuate in the run up to kick off


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