Aviva Premiership: Leicester v Harlequins Preview


Two of the Aviva Premiership's most recognisable teams, the Leicester Tigers and Harlequins, will square off at Welford Road on Saturday the 17th of February.

It will be ninth versus tenth at Welford Road this Saturday with the Leicester Tigers and Harlequins set to renew their age-old rival. While both sides find themselves in the bottom half of the table, a win for either could well see them move to within striking distance of the top four as this season's log is just so tightly poised.
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Leicester Tigers v Harlequins Rugby
Saturday 17 February
Welford Road

To Win (80 Mins)
Leicester 3/10
Draw 19/1 
Harlequins 11/4

Leicester Tigers
The Tigers have been in rather shaky form of late and will need to find some consistency if they are to make up the nine-point gap between themselves and fourth-placed Gloucester. This weekend's hosts have only won one of their last five fixtures and head into Saturday's affair off the back of a rather disheartening 27-17 loss to Gloucester.

Like many teams in the Premiership, the Tigers have been hard hit by Six Nations call-ups with off-season recruits George Ford and Johnny May barred from playing due to international duty.
The Tigers will have fond memories of the reverse tie between the two sides as they ran out 28-31 victors in a high-scoring thriller last September. 

Harlequins Rugby
Like their opponents, 'Quins have found the going tough in recent months and have lost three of their last four fixtures. They also head into this one off the back of a highly demoralising 44-22 defeat to Wasps, who played three-quarters of the match with just fourteen men due to Kyle Eastmond being sent off.

Last week's defeat illustrated just how poor 'Quins are on defence. I mean, you're playing against a man less and you still can't plug the holes in your defensive line?
The fixture also illustrated that prodigy Marcus Smith still has a long way to go until he becomes a world beater. The diminutive ten was great with ball-in-hand but struggled to marshal his backline both on attack and defence. 

Verdict: Leicester Tigers 3/10
'Quins really look ripe for the taking and I honestly can't see a competent, if not spectacular, Tigers squad letting them off the hook this coming Saturday. 

Written by Darry Worthington for @Hollywoodbets.net

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