Preview: Montpellier v Olympus Madrid

10th Dec 2009, 15:17

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Likely scorer: Ollie Smith

Likely scorer: Ollie Smith

Montpellier will be looking for nothing less than five Amlin Challenge Cup points against Olympus Madrid at Stade Yves du Manoir.

Montpellier will be looking for nothing less than five Amlin Challenge Cup points against Olympus Madrid at Stade Yves du Manoir.

Friday's fixture against the Spaniards is a vital one for Montpol, who are currently trailing Worcester and pace-setters Connacht in Pool Two.

But with a maximum return on home soil their goal before next week's return leg, the French side have rolled out a strong line-up for the clash.

Lions and England centre Ollie Smith starts the game outside Florian Nicot with the assured Benjamin Thiery running matters from fly-half.

The teams:

Montpellier:
15 Jean-Matthieu Alcalde, 14 Jaques Schutte, 13 Ollie Smith, 12 Florian Nicot, 11 Thierry Brana, 10 Benjamin Thiery, 9 Adrien Tomas, 8 Giorgi Chkhaidze, 7 Vassili Bost, 6 Mathieu Petitdemange, 5 Mamuka Gorgodze, 4 Michel Macurdy, 3 Kevin Kervarec, 2 Joan Caudullo, 1 Na'ama Leleimalefaga.
Replacements: 16 Fabien Rofes, 17 Olivier Tissot, 18 Mickael Demarco, 19 Marc Giraud, 20 Maxime Castell, 21 Sebastien Max, 22 Robin Solana, 23 Juan Figallo.

Olympus Madrid: 15 Manuel Mazo, 14 Pablo Feijoo (capt), 13 Martin Heredia, 12 Javier Canosa, 11 Juan Cano, 10 Cesar Sempere, 9 Hernan Quirelli, 8 Cesar Bernasconi, 7 Martin Acena, 6 Rafael Camacho, 5 Jesus Recuerda, 4 Sergio Souto, 3 Javier Salazar, 2 Chema Bohorquez, 1 Alejandro Onega Camacho.
Replacements: 16 Javier Arbelaitz, 17 Ion Insausti, 18 Sebastian Hattori, 19 Juan Gonzalez, 20 Ivan Criado, 21 Matthew Cook, 23 Carlos Arenas.

Date: Friday, December 11
Kick-off: 19:00 (18:00 GMT)
Venue: Stade Yves du Manoir
Referee: Carlo Damasco (Italy)
Assistant referees: Giovanni Traversi (Italy), Mauro Dordolo (Italy)