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Gloucester can edge clash of depleted sides

Pau winless in Europe in last two seasons

Pau lost all six pool matches last season
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European Challenge Cup
Sky Sports Action, 7.45pm Thursday

It's pretty much par for the course that the opening fixtures of this year's European Challenge Cup features two much-changed line-ups and a desperately difficult call for punters.

Gloucester travel to Pau having made nine changes to the side who beat Northampton on Saturday, with skipper Will Heinz and full-back Jason Woodward among those rested. Pau retain just three players from the team who beat Oyonnax 19-16 on Saturday, leaving out All Black Conrad Smith and former European Player of the Year Steffon Armitage among others.

Pau returned to this tournament two seasons ago after a ten-year absence but have lost all 12 matches they have played in that time, although they have been competitive in their early home games, losing 25-22 to Bath last season.

It's a horrible contest to get stuck into but at the prices a narrow away win looks a reasonable shout.

Gloucester to win by one to 12 points
1pt 12-5 general

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Pau retain just three players from the team who beat Oyonnax 19-16 on Saturday
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