Wednesday 22 May 2019

Munster fans to heavily outnumber Saracens supporters as Red Army descend on Coventry for Champions Cup clash

Munster fans during the Heineken Champions Cup Quarter-Final match between Edinburgh and Munster at BT Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Munster fans during the Heineken Champions Cup Quarter-Final match between Edinburgh and Munster at BT Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
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Not for the first time, Munster fans are traveling in huge numbers for a European away-day.

The province have taken a number of high-profile scalps on the road over the years, always roared on by their passionate supporters, and it is set to be no different this afternoon. It will take a herculean effort from Munster to advance to their first Champions Cup final since 2008, with Johann van Graan's men taking on Saracens in the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

The English giants won back-to-back European titles in 2016 and 2017, and after a quarter-final exit at the hands of eventual winners Leinster last season, they look to be prmied for another assault on the title.

One thing in Munster's favour is that although the game is taking place in England, the crowd will be mostly cheering on the men in red.

The Ricoh Arena holds 32,000 but the Daily Mail is reporting that just 15,000 tickets have been sold - with Munster fans expected to make up over 50% of the crowd.

8,000 Munster supporters are expected to be in Coventry while Saracens, whose fan base isn't as large as some other English clubs, could have just 4,000 fans in attendance.

The semi-final stage has been a tough hurdle to climb for Munster since they last lifted the trophy in 2008, with the southern province losing their last six final four clashes dating back to 2009.

However, the last semi-final Munster won in 2008 saw them beat Saracens in Coventry, so they will be hoping for a repeat of that result this afternoon.

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