The Gallagher Premiership successfully completed its return last weekend. This round though throws up a bunch of questions. The reason being is that it’s followed by mid-week games, so how do the coaches balance the rotation of their squads?
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Sale Sharks v Exeter Chiefs – Exeter Chiefs by 10
Sale might be sat third in the table but they haven’t returned from the lockdown in good form. A loss to mid-table Quins doesn’t bread confidence in their ability to stay in the upper reaches. Will they decide to focus on the midweek game instead of one that they are likely to lose anyway?
Exeter have the luxury of depth in their squad. That means that hey can focus on this game and still put out a strong mid-week side for the next round. I think that will lead to a comfortable away victory.
Gloucester Rugby v Bristol – Bristol by 3
Gloucester got a big win on the road last weekend even if it was helped by a red card to the opposition. Back that up with a positive points difference even though they sit in the bottom half of the league and here’s a side that is there or there abouts in all games.
Bayonne v Pau is a relegation scrap making it a must win for Bayonne. If you want any hope of survival you have to win your home games against you lower table opposition. Also with Pau only winning once since mid October they aren’t in the kind of form to pick up away wins.
Bristol on the other hand are sat in second for a reason. They are a good side that’s very well coached. Will they be tested by the quick turnaround? Yes but then so will all teams. I’m backing Pat Lam to have the right game plan to sneak this one.
Wasps v Worcester Warriors – Wasps by 10
Wasps have come out of the lockdown looking good and are on a run of 4 wins by double digits. The same can not be said for Worcester who haven’t won this year in the Premiership. This has home win written all over it.
Saracens v Harlequins – Saracens by 10
Saracens came up short against Bristol last weekend and Quins got a good win. However this is a tie that goes with the home team over the last couple of years. Add to that it’s a London derby and I think Saracens will lift themselves for this one.
Finally Racing are hosting Toulon. Easy pick really Toulon are 6/6 at home and 1/6 away. So you pick the home side and when it’s Racing (who could go top of the table with their games in hand) you have double the reason for picking the home side.
London Irish v Northampton Saints – London Irish by 3
For a side that’s sitting mid-table Saints are looking poor. They have only managed 2 wins this year after having a great run of 5 wins from 7 games last year.
Irish aren’t looking great either but they are at home and this is a real opportunity for them. It’s going to be tight and could go either way which means I’m backing the home team just.
Leicester Tigers v Bath Rugby – Bath Rugby by 3
Bath are in way better form than Tigers but they just don’t travel well. Only 2 wins so far this season on the road. Baths problem is that hey just don’t score points, well tries, which means that only Tigers have less bonus points in the league. When you’re not scoring the other team is always in the game so I can’t really see Tigers winning but I also can’t see Bath blowing this game out.
Record So Far
50 from 84 or 60%, I’ve not been having a great season so let’s see how I do from here on in.
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