Aviva Premiership: Gloucester v Exeter Preview


Gloucester and Exeter will go head-to-head this Sunday in a game that could well shape the makeup of this year's semi-finals list.

This weekend's headline Aviva Premiership fixture sees first-placed Exeter take on sixth-placed Gloucester. The hosts come into this one as hot favourites with the bookmakers but one simply cannot write off the visitors chances as they are fighting for a semi-final berth.

Exeter v Gloucester
Sunday 8 April
Sandy Park

To Win (80 Mins)
Exeter 2/11

Draw 24/1
Gloucester 39/10

The Chiefs have bounced back from their early 2018 slump with wins over Northampton (31-30), Saracens (24-12) and Bath (18-20) seeing them return to the summit of Aviva Premiership log.

Rob Baxter's men have yet again shown that they are more than capable of winning an ugly rugby game with their two-point victory over Bath, a fortnight ago, illustrating this fact. They may well be slightly more expansive this weekend, though, as no rain is being forecast for Sunday's fixture.

When these two sides met on the opening day of the season, it was Gloucester who managed to claim the spoils as they ran out 28-21 victors.

The 'Cherry and Whites' have endured a tough old time of late, losing three of their last six while drawing another. They do however head into this one off the back of a domestic win, although it was far from convincing as they edged London Irish 29-33 a fortnight ago.

While Exeter were off duty last weekend due to them having failed to qualify for the next round of the European Rugby Champions Cup, Gloucester were in action and actually managed to pull off a massive upset as they beat the Connacht 28-33 out in Galway, Ireland.

Verdict: Exeter 2/11
The Chiefs have been in fantastic touch of late and I can't see a three-game winning streak coming to an end against a Gloucester side which has struggled against the big guns on the road. 

Written by Darry Worthington for @Hollywoodbets.net

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