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This Weekend’s Aviva Premiership Fixtures Are Incredibly Difficult To Call

With just six rounds to go in the 2017/18 Aviva Premiership season, everything is still to play for due to the absolutely unpredictable nature of this campaign thus far. 

Playoff positions and Champions Cup qualification look set to go down to the wire and a quick look at this weekend’s fixtures quickly tell its own story as there a few fixtures which one could call outright.

However, we will do out best to guide you if you fancy a flutter this weekend, in association with leovegas.com. 

Harlequins v Bath 

Quins have lost their last four Premiership games in succession and it’s looking pretty bleak at the Stoop at the moment. They host a Bath side fresh off the back of a narrow one-point victory over Sale Sharks at The Rec.

This is a really difficult one to call but we think Bath will probably edge this one considering the dire form shown by their hosts.

Taulupe Faletau also makes his second start for Bath in two weeks since returning from injury which could give the away side an advantage in the back-row.

Gloucester v Newcastle Falcons 

Another tough one to call, both sides are flying high in the league at the moment. Gloucester drew at home to Wasps last weekend while Falcons recorded another away victory over Harlequins in London. If Falcons win this game, they will truly establish themselves as top-four contenders but we have a feeling Gloucester will want to make up for that draw last time out and we think they will get a victory at home.

Northampton Saints v Sale Sharks 

The Saints have finally put a bit of form together after what has been a pretty disappointing campaign for the most part. They’ve won their last two home games and last weekend, they only lost by a point away to the Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park. Sale’s form has been patchy to say the least and any win they have picked up has been by the skin of their teeth since the turn of the new year.

We expect the Saints to continue their improved home form.

Exeter Chiefs v Saracens 

Undoubtedly the standout fixture of the weekend, the Chiefs lead their bitter rivals by four points at the top of the table. However, their form has been poor, they recorded a narrow one-point victory at home to the Saints last weekend while they lost their last three fixtures before that.

Saracens did lose last time out but overall their form has been much better than the Chiefs. However, we think home form will just about swing it for the Chiefs and Saracens are also hit a bit harder than the Chiefs when it comes to players away on international duty.

Wasps v London Irish 

London Irish claimed just their second victory of the season against the Worcester Warriors last time out but we think they will fall to a much stronger looking Wasps outfit at the Ricoh Arena. This is probably the one fixture you can say is almost a sure thing and if you’re feeling brave, you can back Wasps to beat the -18.5 handicap at 1.92.

Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers 

Worcester fell to a disappointing defeat last time out to London Irish and they will have a tough task again when they welcome an in-form Tigers side to Sixways. The club have been boosted this week with the news that Francois Venter will join the club from the Cheetahs next season.

The Tigers recorded an away victory over Saracens last weekend and we think that will give them a lot of confidence going into this fixture where they should leave with a win.

Bets for the weekend: 

  1. We are going for Wasps to beat the -18.5 handicap against London Irish at the Ricoh Arena. A £10 bet will give you a return of £19.20.
  2. If you fancy an accumulator, we think that backing Bath, Gloucester, Saints, Chiefs and Wasps is the way to go. That will give you a nice return of £69.70 for a £10 bet.

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email seanmc@punditarena.com or on Twitter