By News Team
16th October 2020
The European Champions Cup has reached its conclusion and once again the quality of rugby has been as exceptional as expected.
Saturday’s final brings together Exeter Chiefs and Racing 92, with both teams playing thrilling brands of rugby. We preview the best bets from the biggest game in the domestic rugby calendar.
Exeter Chiefs to go all the way?
Exeter Chiefs have finally climbed the Everest that they set out to do so long ago, and now they are just two wins away from a domestic and continental double.
A feel-good story in a difficult rugby year, the Chiefs have reached the final with some exciting attacking displays, scoring 66 points in their two knockout fixtures so far. They topped a group of Glasgow, Sale and La Rochelle before comfortably dispatching both Northampton and Toulon on their route to the final.
Exeter’s big boys have had another exemplary season, with the sheer depth of their forward options paying dividends. Sam Simmonds has had another brilliant campaign as he leads the Champions Cup top try scorers list, while the fearsome lineout maul has functioned at an exceptional level. Hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie could be the beneficiary of this, while superstar centre Henry Slade could also have some joy.
Racing 92 to cause upset?
Parisian outfit Racing 92 have lived up to their billing as a thrilling unit, with Scottish fly-half Finn Russell pulling the strings and unlocking one of the most exciting backlines in world rugby.
Their path to the final has seen them top the Group of Death with Saracens, Munster and Ospreys, before tough wins against Clermont and Sarries in the knockouts, as they continue to prove their mettle.
Teddy Thomas has six tries this tournament, Juan Imhoff has five and Virimi Vakatawa has also notched four. It shows how impressive this backs unit is, and they can score from anywhere.
A close tie against Saracens in the semi-final swung their way with a piece of Russell magic, and while Racing are underdogs at 2/1, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them leave Ashton Gate with their first Champions Cup, after two defeats in recent finals.
Thomas could well continue his impressive scoring streak for the French giants here, while the handicap of five looks high for a game that on paper should be extremely close, so take Racing on the +5 at 10/11.