Exeter Chiefs v Racing 92 European Champions Cup Final Predictions & Tips

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Sam Simmonds - Exeter Chiefs Champions Cup

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European Champions Cup Final Predictions & Tips: Exeter Chiefs v Racing 92 (Saturday 16:45 BST)

Exeter Chiefs will be looking to complete stage one of a historic European and Domestic double when they take on Racing 92 in the European Champions Cup Final at Ashton Gate on Saturday.

This will be Exeter’s first ever appearance in the Champions Cup Final, and they will be hoping to head into next weekend’s Gallagher Premiership Grand Final against Wasps with one piece of silverware on the team bus with them.

Racing 92 have reached two Champions Cup Finals in their history, but they failed to win them both as they lost to Saracens 21-9 back in 2016 and a 15-12 reverse at the hands of Leinster in 2018.

The Chiefs have yet to lose a single game in the Champions Cup this season, they won five and drew one as they topped Pool 2 and finished 10 points clear of Glasgow Warriors.

By finishing top of their group, they reached the quarter-finals and ran out convincing 38-15 winners over fellow Premiership side Northampton Saints with Jacques Vermeulen scoring two of their five tries. They booked their place in the Final with a 28-18 win over French side Toulouse with Harry Williams scoring two tries, while Sam and Joe Simmonds both got on the score sheet.

Racing 92 qualified for the knockout stages having finished top of Pool 4 with a record of four wins, one draw and one defeat – so the Chiefs will know they are beatable.

They held off a late fightback against Clermont Auvergne to book their place in the semi-finals with a 36-27 win at the Stade Marcel-Michelin, before edging out Saracens 19-15 for a place in the Final thanks to a try from Juan Imhoff in the last five minutes of the game.

This will be the first time that the Chiefs and Racing 92 will have locked horns, and it’s very apt that it will be for biggest European competition in the sport. I’m afraid it won’t be third time luck for Clermont in the Champions Cup, I am backing the Chiefs to win this one quite convincingly with a winning margin of 13+ points.

During this campaign, Exeter have managed to cross over for 34 tries. They have the talent on the edges to turn it into a battle of the speedsters, but they also like to carry the ball up the middle. Chiefs number 8 Sam Simmonds leads the way at the top of the leading try scoring charts with seven, and I am backing him to cross over for a five-pointer inside 80 minutes.