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Exeter Chiefs vs La Rochelle Betting Tips - Handicap market has value for La Rochelle in Champions Cup

La Rochelle can push Exeter Chiefs all the way as they seek qualification
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La Rochelle have shown some great form this season (Getty Images)

Exeter Chiefs welcome La Rochelle to Sandy Park in the 2019/20 European Champions Cup this weekend. The visitors know that nothing short of victory will give them a chance of qualification and I feel they could get close against an already qualified Chiefs outfit.

Exeter Chiefs Form


Exeter Chiefs have had an incredible season with only two defeats, but last week they struggled to a 31-31 draw against the Glasgow Warriors at the Scotstoun Stadium. They should really have won the match but the Chiefs let it slip late on.

Despite the strong season thus far the Chiefs have only covered the -28 handicap in one of their 13 matches. It is a long shot for La Rochelle to pull off the win but Exeter Chiefs could be complacent with qualification secured.

Exeter Chiefs are favourites at 1.01 while a second successive draw for the hosts will pay 51.00.

Exeter Chiefs News


Exeter Chiefs have already secured top spot in the group and could make a number of changes. Gareth Steenson, Sam Hil, Jack Maunder and Tom Price could all possibly start as the Chiefs may rest some players.

La Rochelle Form


La Rochelle are enjoying their best season in many years and currently find themselves fourth in the Top 14. Last week La Rochelle saw of the Sale Sharks 30-23 at the Stade Marcel-Deflandre.

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La Rochelle have won their last three matches (Getty Images)

La Rochelle have won their last three matches, and while it hasn’t been against opposition quite of the strength of Exeter Chiefs it will give them confidence. Victory can still take them into the playoffs ahead of Glasgow Warriors should the Sale Sharks do them a favour.

La Rochelle are underdogs at 17.00 and while victory may be tough, I feel they are superb value to cover the +28 handicap at 1.90.

La Rochelle News


La Rochelle will go in at full-strength as victory could still get them into the next round. There have been no reported injuries as yet.

Exeter Chiefs vs La Rochelle Head to Head


Exeter Chiefs have won all three previous encounters against La Rochelle with their latest being a 31-12 victory at the Stade Marcel-Deflandre. In none of their three previous encounters have the Chiefs won by 28 or more points.

Exeter Chiefs vs La Rochelle Betting Odds


Exeter Chiefs are very short favourites at 1.01 with La Rochelle valued at 17.00. A draw is priced at 51.00. The handicap is set at 28 points and is paying 1.90 either way.

The winning margin could offer value with the Chiefs paying 5.75 to win by between 8-14 points and 6.00 by 26-30 points. La Rochelle is paying 21.00 to score a narrow win by between  1-7 points.

Exeter Chiefs vs La Rochelle Match Up


Exeter Chiefs are one of the strongest sides in Europe and have a very dominant forward pack. They have not been matched physically very often this season but La Rochelle have the back-line to do some damage. Chiefs biggest danger however will be complacency. 

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La Rochelle have covered the +28 handicap in 8 from 8 matches this season (Getty Images)

Exeter Chiefs vs La Rochelle Stats


  • Exeter have failed to cover the -28 handicap in 12 of their last 13 matches.
  • La Rochelle have won their last three matches (all competitions).
  • La Rochelle have covered the +28 handicap in their last 8 matches.

Exeter Chiefs vs La Rochelle FAQ

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Where is the Exeter Chiefs vs La Rochelle European Champions Cup match being played?

The Exeter Chiefs vs La Rochelle European Champions Cup match is being played at Sandy Park in England.

When is the Exeter Chiefs vs La Rochelle European Champions Cup match being played?

The Exeter Chiefs vs La Rochelle European Champions Cup match is being played on Saturday 18 January 2020 at 17:30 GMT.

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Verdict

La Rochelle may be the underdog but they'll be up for the match with qualification on the line. I'm tipping them to cover the +28 handicap at 1.90.

Best Bet: La Rochelle +28 Handicap Market @1.90 at bet365 - 5 Units

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Post bet analysis

A nice 4.5 unit profit as Exeter Chiefs won 33-15 in what was a pretty good performance by La Rochelle.
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