Champions Cup Preview: Munster v Racing Metro

Munster and Racing will meet this Saturday at 5.30pm at Thomond Park. This Champions Cup meeting is sure to be an exciting encounter and we have a preview of the game below.

Both sides made impressive starts to their respective campaigns in Pool 4. Munster recorded a 32-13 success over Ospreys last weekend. Furthermore, Racing Metro recorded a 30-10 win over Saracens.

Statistics and Head to Head

Let’s now take a look at some of the key statistics ahead of the game. Firstly, we will begin with Munster. Munster have played 175 games in the Champions Cup to date. They have recorded 120 wins, 3 draws and 52 losses. Therefore, this adds up to an impressive 69% win rate overall. They have accumulated 4375 points and have conceded 3024. Their biggest win came against Viadana in 2002 by 64 points. Their heaviest defeat came at the hands of Toulouse in 1996 by 41 points.

Racing Metro have played 63 times in Europe. They have 31 wins, 3 draws and 29 losses. Therefore a 49% strike rate. In addition to this, they have accumulated 1364 points and conceded 1243. Moreover, the biggest win came against the Scarlets in 2016 in which they won by 50 points. Incidentally, the biggest loss came to Munster in 2017.

The sides have played 7 times in total. Munster are ahead in the head to head battle 4-3. Incidentally, the most recent games came in 2018. Racing beat Munster 34-30 in Paris last year. The Parisian based outfit also beat Munster in the semi-final 27-22.

Match Facts

  • Munster have won 4 of the last 6 meetings between the sides.
  • Munster have 30 wins from 31 games against French opposition on home soil.
  • CJ Stander made 23 carries against Ospreys, no player made more across the pool stages.
Team News
Johann van Grann hands JJ Hanrahan the no.10 shirt for tomorrow’s match.

Betting

Munster are 4/9 favourites to win this. In contrast, Racing are 9/5 outsiders. I expect Munster with the vocal home crowd to come out on top. Munster -5 at 10/11 looks a great bet.