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ASM Clermont-Auvergne vs Union Bordeaux Odds and Picks

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in Rugby

Jan 13, 2021 · 4:15 PM PST

Clermont Ferrand's Kotaro Matsushima runs with the ball
Clermont Ferrand's Kotaro Matsushima runs with the ball through the Toulouse's defense during the French Top 14 rugby match between Clermont Ferrand and Toulouse, in Clermont Ferrand, central France, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
  • The Union Bordeaux Begles are 8.5-point home favorites over ASM Clermont Auvergne in a Top 14 French rugby union match slated for Saturday
  • This match was rescheduled from Oct. 4th following a COVID-19 outbreak at the time among the Bordeaux squad
  • The Begles are 5-1 straight up in their last six home matches

COVID-19 ended up preventing the Union Bordeaux Begles from playing host to ASM Clermont Auvergne in a Top  14 French rugby union match that was originally slated for Oct. 4th. The two sides will make up that postponed match on Saturday, Jan. 16th (9:15 am ET).

This time around, the question will be whether ASM Clermont Auvergne can take the bite out of the Begles?

Union Bordeaux is proving to be a force to be reckoned with on their home pitch. The Begles have won five of their last six home matches.

Oddsmakers are estabishing the Begles as solid 8.5-point home favorites to take care of business against ASM Clermont Auvergne.

Clermont Auvergne vs Union Bordeaux Top 14 Rugby Odds

Team Moneyline Spread Total
ASM Clermont Auvergne +235 +8.5 (-122) OFF
Union Bordeaux Begles -335 -8.5 (-109) OFF

Odds taken Jan. 13th at DraftKings.

Saturday’s match is slated for a 9:15am EST kickoff at the Chaban Delmas Stadium.

Cooking At Home With Bordeaux

Union Bordeaux are among the strongest teams at home. The Begles have claimed 85% of their totals points in the standings this season from home matches.

In fact, other than a 17-12 setback to Racing 92, the Girondins have proven to be a dominant force at the Chaban Delmas Stadium. In their other five home matches this season, the Begles have been averaging 35.5 points and 4.2 tries per match.

Among Top 14 clubs, only Toulouse (36.7 points and 4.3 tries) are proving to be a more powerful presence on their home pitch. The Begles are also doing it defensively. They’re allowing on average just 14.6 points per match at home.

Three of their five home matches have seen UBB obtaining the offensive bonus points. French international center Yoram Moefana is leading the way for the club with five tries this season.

Clermont Also Crushing It Of Late

Last week witnessed ASM Clermont Auvergne posting a solid away victory via a 41-32 triumph at Pau. It was the third time in seven matches seeing the yellow and blue posting 40 or more points.

That stretch included a impressive 51-38 win over the Bristol Bears, one of the top Rugby Premiership sides this season, in a European Rugby Champions Cup group stage match.

Japanese World Cup star Kotaro Matsushima scored three tries in that match. French international Damian Penaud turned in a pair of try-scoring efforts.

ASM Clermont Auvergne have won three of their last four away matches.

UBB Dominating ASM

Union Bordeaux (7-6-0), ASM Clermont Auvergne (7-5-0) and Toulon (7-5-0) are all level 33 points, filling the 6-7-8 positions in the Top 14 table.  When it comes to journeys to Bordeaux, however, there’s been nothing but heartbreak for ASM in recent seasons.

The Clermontois have not won at Chaban Delmas in the league since March 27, 2016, a 24-19 victory.. Since then, the Auvergnats have suffered three defeats. They battled for a 23-23 draw in 2017.

UBB strengthens its backline for this match with French international Pierre Mignot regaining his health. Simon Desaubies also returns from a loan spell at Mont de Marsan. As well, the Begles go three deep in Argentinian World Cup players in Bautista Delguy, Guido Petti and Santiago Cordero.

Union Bordeaux has won its last three home matches by an average margin of victory of 24.6 points.

Pick: Union Bordeaux Begles -8.5 (-109)

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