Top 14 - Round 12 match previews

Last Updated: 30/11/12 9:18am

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Perpignan's Alasdair Strokosch (left) and Guilhem Guirado (right) 2012

Perpignan's Alasdair Strokosch (left) and Guilhem Guirado (right) 2012

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With the dust now settling on the November internationals, attention turns to the Top 14 this weekend.

Perpignan and Agen get the action back underway on Friday - and neither side will have been overly happy with their form before the autumn Tests.

Perpignan are far from comfortable in ninth and lost to Biarritz last time out, while Agen are in danger down in 12th and suffered a 20-13 loss to Stade Francais before the three-week break.

The standout fixture of the weekend will be on Saturday when third-placed Toulouse entertain second-placed Clermont.

Toulouse will be missing Thierry Dusautoir, Patricio Albacete and Yves Donguy, however hooker Christopher-Eric Tolofua is back after completing his suspension.

Clermont, meanwhile, will be without the suspended Viktor Kolelishvili.

Table-topping Toulon will expect to pick up a maximum at home to Grenoble.

IRB player of the year nominee Frederic Michalak is available once again for Toulon but only make the bench.

Grenoble will be without Shaun Sowerby and are sweating over Valentin Courrent.

A bumper crowd is expected at the Stade de France for the Paris derby between Stade Francais and Racing Metro.

Both sides have failed to impress this season - with Racing having suffered a shock 17-16 home loss to Mont-de-Marsan last time out.

Stade, at least, have shown some improvement and have climbed to eighth in the stadings.

Montpellier should continue their impressive form when they entertain Bayonne.

Bayonne, though, were this week handed some good news in that Manu Ahotaeiloa and Cédric Heymans should feature. Thibault Lacroix, Gabiriele Lovobalavu and Mike Phillips are all missing.

France No.8 Imanol Harinordoquy will return after six months out with a knee injury when Biarritz face Bordeaux, while bottom club Mont-de-Marsan will look to build on their win over Racing when they entertain Castres.

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