The Gallagher Premiership teams will be rotating their squads with some teams running two squads. That’s going to make picking difficult as some teams can focus on two fronts whilst others have to decide which games to target.
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Sale Sharks v Bristol – Sale Sharks by 3
Third hosting second, boy this is a tough one to start the round with. I was initially Bristol on this as Sharks had lost their first two games back form the lockdown. However that win against Wasps in mid-week has made me think again.
Bristol’s good run of 7 wins came to an end against Exeter mid-week. There’s no shame in that however it did make me think again. Looking at their run, most of those wins were only by one score. Away against a quality side…hum it’s going to be a cracking contest.
Harlequins v Northampton Saints – Harlequins by 3
Seventh hosting sixth!!! Another game between sides next to each other in the table. However the gap between these two sides is 8 points which aside from Exeter’s lead at the top is the biggest (normal) gap in the table.
Quins however are a home focused team and even if they don’t have fans (that has to wait a week until the Bath game) I think at home they will pull this off.
Exeter Chiefs v Worcester Warriors – Exeter Chiefs by 10
Exeter are a side that can fight on more than one front and this will be a big home win. 10 Points probably isn’t a big enough margin here.
Gloucester Rugby v Leicester Tigers – Gloucester Rugby by 3
Gloucester have only won two games this year. To be fair though they have been up against Bristol and Saracens in the last two rounds.
Four of Tigers five wins have been this year so they have improved. However I don’t think that they have the squad depth to back up that win over London Irish and home advantage will help Gloucester.
London Irish v Saracens – Saracens by 10
It feels like the games this week are really easy to call or really tough. This is an easy one with a big win for Saracens. A team that certainly has depth.
Bath Rugby v Wasps – Bath Rugby by 3
Fourth hosting fifth! Another clash between teams next to each other in the table. The picking gods are making it tough this round. Bath have put in some big wins since the Premiership has returned. We need to temper that a little as they have beaten Irish and Tigers but you can only beat the side in-front of you.
Wasps have also had good results until the slip up against Sale. How much of that was down to rotation? I don’t know and this is one I’m picking with little to no confidence. Home advantage is what I’m going with.
Record So Far
58 from 96 or 60%, three from six brought me back down to earth in the last round.
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