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Everything To Play For In Last Round Of Aviva Premiership Action Before Break

This weekend sees the last round of domestic action before back-to-back European games get underway and then the Six Nations after that. 

After this weekend, the Premiership doesn’t resume until the second weekend of February so all the teams will want to pull off a win before they focus their attention elsewhere.

Here, we take a look at this weekend’s fixtures and predict who will come out on top, with leovegas.com. 

Worcester Warriors v Bath Rugby 

The Warriors have picked up three wins in their last three games which has extended the gap between themselves and London Irish at the bottom of the table. They welcome Bath to Sixways who suffered a narrow defeat at home to Wasps at the Rec last time out. Bath are on a three-game losing streak and although they are favourites for this, we think Worcester’s home advantage will get them over the line in this one.

Leicester Tigers v London Irish 

Both teams are in dreadful form at the moment – Tigers are without a win in three games while London Irish have just recorded one victory so far this season. We think the Tigers will get back to winning ways soon and there is no better opportunity than against the league’s bottom side at Welford Road.

Northampton Saints v Gloucester Rugby 

The Saints are struggling big time at the moment and look devoid of ideas. Gloucester continued their very good form against Sale last time out and we think they can pull off a win at Franklin’s Gardens like many other teams have done so far this season.

Sale Sharks v Harlequins

Although Sale lost last time out against Gloucester, their form at the AJ Bell Stadium has been, for the most part, excellent this season. Quins put a heavy score on Northampton Saints last weekend but their poor away form suggests they won’t be leaving the north-west with four points on Saturday.

Newcastle Falcons v Exeter Chiefs

The Falcons have got back to winning ways after a bit of a blip and they have now recorded three successive wins, two of which were away from Kingston Park. However, the Chiefs, despite their disappointment to Leinster in the Champions Cup, have shown incredible form in the Premiership and we think they will have too much quality for an improving Falcons outfit.

Wasps v Saracens 

Undoubtedly the game of the weekend. Sunday’s game at the Ricoh Arena should be an absolute cracker with Wasps being one of the in-form teams in the competition. Sarries have got back to winning ways in recent weeks after a poor run of results and with the likes of Billy Vunipola, Maro Itoje, Mako Vunipola and Owen Farrell all starting this game, we think Mark McCall’s side will just about edge this one.

If you want to put some money on this weekend, we’re going for a four-fold accumulator which will (hopefully) see Gloucester, Sale, Exeter and Saracens all win. A £10 bet will offer a return of £54.50 while a £10 bet on the Tigers to beat the -15.5 handicap will see a return of £18.20.

See how well we’re doing in the LeoVegas Punters’ Union rugby betting league at puntersunion.leovegas.com. We’re going head-to-head with other rugby titles this season to see who can win the most rugby bets and finish top in May! Who are you betting on this weekend?

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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