Champions Cup Round 4 preview

After last Saturday night’s big bonus point win for the Ospreys at Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton Saints visit the Liberty Stadium this Sunday for the second leg of the Champions Cup double header.

Away wins all round at the weekend, with Clermont Auvergne also racking up a big victory at Saracens, means Pool 2 is wide open and a second win over the Saints on Sunday would put the Ospreys firmly in contention to progress from the pool stages.


Pool 2: Ospreys v Northampton Saints 

Sunday, 17 December, Kick-off: 15:15, Liberty Stadium

Referee: Marius Mitrea (Ita), Assistant Ref: Manuel Bottino (Ita), Assistant Ref: Matteo Liperini (Ita), TMO: Stefano Penne (Ita), Citing Commissioner: Peter Ferguson (Ire)

Match facts

  • Ospreys’ win in Round 3 ended a run of four consecutive defeats against Northampton. Each of the previous five meetings between the clubs has been decided by margins of more than 10 points.
  • Northampton have lost their last five away games, conceding an average of 36 points and scoring an average of just 13.
  • Ospreys have won just one of their last five home games when hosting Aviva Premiership opposition, however, that was their last such game (v Exeter in Round 1, 2015/16).
  • Ospreys are aiming to win successive matches in the same season for the first time since a run of three victories in 2009/10 (Rounds 2, 3 and 4).