How the Bookies See it
- Match Winner: Racing 4/5, Saracens 6/5, Draw 16/1 – Paddy Power
- Half-time/full-time: Racing/Racing 13/10, Saracens/Saracens 15/8 – Bet365
- Handicap: Saracens (+2.5) 4/5, Racing (-2.5) 10/11 – Paddy Power
- Saracens have gone through their entire Champions Cup campaign unbeaten, overcoming fellow Premiership side Wasps 24-17 in the semi-finals to reach the Lyon showpiece. They have also finished top of the Premiership during the regular season and warmed up for their clash with Racing nicely by beating Worcester 43-19.
- Racing lost one of their Champions Cup group games and were pushed all the way in both their quarter-final and semi-final. They are currently fourth in the French Top 14 and lost 33-27 at Brive in their most recent game last Saturday.
Racing’s status as favourites rests on the final being staged in France and the star names they have at their disposal such as New Zealand’s legendary fly-half Dan Carter. They also have a powerful set of forwards who will be looking to disrupt Saracens’ usual fluency and nick them the trophy, but based on results it is hard to go against the English side.
Sarries have been faced with a number of different challenges this season, but have always found a way to control games, and that is because they are so well balanced, almost always providing an organised defence and attacking flair. Some of their performances have been simply irresistible and it will be hard for racing to contain them in spite of Carter’s individual brilliance.
As Saracens are marginal outsiders, it may be worth having a punt on them to lift the trophy, but a close game is highly likely and therefore it may be better to explore some of the markets on winning margins, total number of points, or the highest scoring half, with the game likely to start as quite a cagey affair before opening up after the interval.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Saracens to win by 1-10 points – 2/1 at Coral