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Both these two teams won their opening Group B encounters to put themselves in with a good chance of reaching the knockouts.
Clermont scored seven tries in what was a very high scoring encounter against Bristol at Ashton Gate, with Kotaro Matsushima stealing the show with a hat-trick, while Damian Penaud wasn’t too far behind him with a brace.
Munster, on the other hand, put in a gutsy performance to grind past Paul Gustard’s Harlequins side last weekend, but they were undoubtedly helped by yellow cards to all of Quins’ back-row trio.
However, that result means the men from Limerick have won each of their eight matches across all competitions this season, and there is little doubt now that themselves, along with both Ulster and Leinster are the strongest teams in the Pro 14.
This will be their toughest encounter up to this point though, with the Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin an extremely tough place to visit.
Clermont 1-12 Point Winning Margin
Clermont have won three of their four matches here by more than 13 points this term, while the only team in European competition to beat them here in last years’ competition was eventual runners-up Racing 92 in the quarters.
That run includes bonus-point victories over both English clubs Harlequins (53-21) and Bath (52-26), while they also beat last seasons’ Pro 14 finalists Ulster by a convincing 16-point margin.
However, for all those impressive results they did lose to Montpellier 21-15 earlier this month with a near full-strength team out, and so they’re by no means unbeatable at this stadium.
Munster have only just come up short in their two toughest trips to opposition since the return of rugby from the enforced Covid-19 break, losing 27-25 in late August when travelling to Leinster in the league, while the other also came against Leo Cullen’s men at Aviva Stadium by a 13-3 scoreline in the Pro 14 semis a fortnight later.
With the visitors currently holding an immaculate record since the start of October, we can’t help but think this one is going to go down to the wire.
With that in mind, we certainly like the current price of a 1-12 point winning margin for Clermont. The quality throughout their ranks should prevail, but they’ll have to be on top of their game against a robust and well-drilled Munster side that certainly won’t roll over easily.
Clermont 1-12 Point Winning Margin At 8/5
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