Aviva Premiership: Round 2 Preview

Aviva Premiership Round 22 Preview

The second round of the 2018/19 Aviva Premiership season will get underway on Friday the 7th of September.

Week 2 of the 2018/19 Aviva Premiership throws up some intriguing fixtures with the blockbuster tie of the weekend seeing Wasps lock horns with the Exeter Chiefs on Saturday afternoon.

Northampton v Harlequins
Friday 7 September
Franklin Gardens

To Win (80 Mins)
Northampton 9/20

Draw 20/1
Harlequins 19/10

We get proceedings underway with a clash between two of England's old firms with Northampton and Harlequins squaring off on Friday evening.

The hosts head into this one off the back of a 27-16 opening day defeat to Gloucester while Harlequins got their campaign underway with a 51-23 victory over the Sale Sharks.

Verdict: Harlequins 19/10
The away side looked the real deal last week and I can't see them having any trouble making it two wins from two starts.


Wasps v Exeter Chiefs
Saturday 8 September
Ricoh Arena

To Win (80 Mins)
Wasps 14/10

Draw 17/1
Exeter 6/10

Wasps and Exeter are our next serving and this promises to be a truly delectable one as both sides are notorious for their try-scoring exploits.

The hosts were forced to work for their opening day win over the Worcester Warriors as they battled to a 20-21 victory.

Exter were far more impressive on opening day as they hammered the Leicester Tigers 40-6.

Verdict: Exeter 6/10
They're the better side at the moment and I think they will prove it by beating Wasps by more than 10 points.


Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons
Saturday 8 September
Welford Road

To Win (80 Mins)
Leicester 7/10
Draw 20/1
Newcastle 47/20

Both Leicester and Newcastle will be looking to bounce back from opening day defeats when they square off at Welford Road. The hosts got their season underway in horrendous style as they went down 40-6 to the Chiefs.

Newcastle fared slightly better than their opponents as they put up a real fight, going down 21-32 to reigning champions Saracens.

Verdict: Newcastle 47/20
I rather fancy Newcastle to take the spoils here. Leicester were really appalling last week and they seem ripe for the taking yet again. 


Saracens v Bristol Bears
Saturday 8 September
Allianz Park

To Win (80 Mins)
Saracens 1/33
Draw 40/1

Bristol 9/1

New boys on the block Bristol could be in for a cold awakening this Saturday as they travel down to London to take on juggernauts Saracens. The visitors got their return to the Premiership off to an ideal start as the beat Bath 17-10 at Ashton Gate.

Saracens were at their pragmatic best again as they opened up their campaign with a bonus point victory over the Newcastle Falcons. They may well end the weekend with the full-point haul from their two games as Bristol are far from the toughest challenge they'll face this season.

Verdict: Saracens 1/33
I'm expecting the hosts to provide a very rude awakening here. My money is on them taking it by 25 points or more.


Bath v Gloucester
Saturday 8 September
Recreation Ground

To Win (80 Mins)
Bath 11/20
Draw 17/1

Gloucester 33/20

Bath will be looking to bounce back from their shock opening day 17-10 defeat to Bristol when they take on a Gloucester side that got their campaign underway with an 11 point win over Northampton.

The visitors looked really good last week with their new signings making an immediate impact. Bath looked nowhere near as promising and lacked ideas with ball-in-hand.

Verdict: Gloucester 33/20
I can see the Cherrie and Whites delivering another defeat to a very limited Bath outfit.


Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors
Sunday 9 September
AJ Bell Stadium

To Win (80 Mins)
Sale 7/20
Draw 25/1
Worcester 23/10

The Sale Sharks and Worcester Warriors will bring a close to proceedings when they lock horns at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday. The hosts head into this one off of a heavy defeat to Harlequins which saw them concede over 50 points.

Worcester also failed to register a victory in Round 1 but they did manage to put up an almighty fight going down by just one point to the London Wasps.

Verdict: Sale 7/20
I'm expecting Sale to bounce back here. They have a solid squad who are a real prospect when they click.

Written by Darry Worthington for @Hollywoodbets.net

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