European Challenge Cup 2018/19: Round 5 Predictions

Challenge Cup

Here are my predictions for this weekend’s Challenge Cup matches, featuring hotly-anticipated matches such as the Dragons v Timosoara Saracens.

Perpignan v Bordeaux
It’s a dead rubber, but could this be Perpignan’s first win of the season in all competitions? Exciting. Perpignan by 2

La Rochelle v Zebre
The Italians are on the verge of qualification for the knockouts, but winning in La Rochelle seems unlikely. La Rochelle by 13

Dragons v Timosoara Saracens
Get down to Newport for this one. Dragons by 33

Stade Francais v Pau
You have to back the home team in this all-French affair with nothing really at stake. Stade by 8

Enisei-STM v Bristol
Bristol have a good chance of qualifying if they can secure bonus-point wins in their back-to-back matches with Enisei. Bristol by 23

Treviso v Agen
This group is extremely tight, with just two points separating top from bottom. Picking the home team is the safest option here. Treviso by 6

Ospreys v Worcester
I think home advantage tips this in the Ospreys favour, as these two teams fight for top spot in the pool. Ospreys by 4

Harlequins v Grenoble
These are the other two teams in the tight pool with Treviso and Agen. Both sides have won two home games and lost two away games so far. Harlequins by 7

Connacht v Sale
The Sharks won the reverse fixture convincingly, and should top the pool given their home fixture with Perpignan next week. Connacht need to win to ensure they qualify as a best runner-up. Connacht by 13

Clermont v Northampton
The French side are already assured of qualification, and I suspect they’ll win this one as well. Clermont by 6

I’ve only picked one Away win. Which matches do you disagree with?

3 thoughts on “European Challenge Cup 2018/19: Round 5 Predictions

  1. Always enjoy the predictions.
    In regards to the Dragons vs Timosoara Saracens match, I know you’re being sarcastic but how else are smaller supposed to develop if they are not allowed to compete against superior opposition. Even if the Dragons would not be the most competitive Pro 14 team( sone decent results recently though).

  2. Went for a narrow Sale away win as well. They have got a bit of form at the moment. However my rugby prediction radar has gone a bit haywire over the last month, so not really sure. I think that it comes from supporting Glaws!

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