Gallagher Premiership: Round 11 Preview

Rugby players engage in a scrum

Round 11 of the Gallagher Premiership kicks off on Friday the 28th of December.

The Gallagher Premiership will offer up its final set of fixtures for the year this coming weekend, and it should be an absolute cracker with some fantastic fixtures taking place before the new year.

Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs
Friday 29 December

Franklin's Gardens

To Win (80 Mins)
Northampton 2/1

Draw 20/1
Exeter 4/10

Northampton (+5.5) 17/20
Exeter (-5.5) 17/20

We get proceedings underway with a clash between eighth-placed Northampton and the log-leading Exeter Chiefs. The hosts bounced back from suffering their first loss of the campaign - Round 9's 28-26 defeat to Harlequins - by beating reigning champions Saracens 31-13 at Sandy Park last weekend.

Northampton were also in fine fettle last weekend as they beat the Worcester Warriors 6-32 away from home.

Verdict: Northampton (5.5) 17/20
While I can see the Chiefs registering a win here, I don't think it will be by more than five points.

Saracens v Worcester Warriors
Saturday 29 December
Allianz Park


To Win (80 Mins)
Saracens 1/25
Draw 58/1

Worcester 8/1

Saracens will be looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season when they play host to a Worcester Warriors side on the slide in Saturday's opener. The hosts saw their perfect start to the campaign got to pot last week as they were comfortably beaten 31-13 by title-rivals, the Exeter Chiefs. The results has seen the reigning champions drop back into second on the league standings.

Worcester also had a week to forget last time around as they were thumped by Northampton on home soil. The loss has seen them drawn back into the relegation battle, with the Warriors now only one point above the foot of the table.

Verdict: Saracens 1/25The hosts will be looking to end the year on a high note and I can see them doing just this against a Worcester side that looks rather stretched. My money is on 'Sarries winning this one by 17 points or more.

Gloucester v Sale Sharks
Saturday 29 December
Kingspan Stadium

To Win (80 Mins)
Gloucester 3/10
Draw 20/1

Sale 26/10

Gloucester will be looking to solidify their third-place position when they take on a Sale Sharks outfit that are on the up-and-up. The hosts head into Saturday's affair off the back of a hard-fought but morale-boosting 17-20 away victory over the Newcastle Falcons.

Sale also enjoyed a great weekend last time out as they Bristol 27-10 at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Verdict: Gloucester 3/10
Johan Ackermann's charges will be tested this weekend but I can see them coming through this examination.

Harlequins v Wasps
Saturday 29 December

Twickenham Stoop

To Win (80 Mins)
Harlequins 1/1
Draw 17/1
Wasps 17/20

It may not be New Year's but we're sure to get fireworks in Saturday's final fixture as too of the more attacking sides will square off out in London.

The hosts, Harlequins, may head into Saturday's off the back of a 35-24 loss to Leicester but they are a very unpredictable sides as their Round 9 victory over Exeter alludes to.

Wasps also head into this one off the back of a defeat as they went down 14-24 to Bath at home last weekend. The result has pilled the pressure on coach Dai Young who is already trying to deal with a mass exodus that will occur at the end of the domestic season.

Verdict: Harlequins 1/1
Wasps really are a side on the slide and I can see their situation worsening this even money, Harlequins offer great value.

Bath v Leicester Tigers
Sunday 30 December
Recreation Ground

To Win (80 Mins)
Bath 4/10
Draw 20/1
Leicester 2/1

The first game of Sunday's double-header see sixth-placed Bath take on seventh-placed Leicester in a vital game for both clubs.

The hosts head into the encounter off the back of a famous away day victory over Bath, while Leicester make the trip having downed Harlequins.

Verdict: Bath 4/10
The hosts should prove far too good a side for a Leicester team that struggles away from home.

Bristol Bears v Newcastle Falcons
Sunday 30 December
Ashton Gate

To Win (80 Mins)
Bristol 6/10
Draw 18/1

Newcastle 14/10

The final fixture of the round sees 10th-placed Bristol take on cellar-dwellers Newcastle. The hosts head into Saturday's clash off the back of a 17 point defeat to Sale, while Newcastle make the trip off their seventh defeat of the season which saw them go down 20-27 to Gloucester.

Verdict: Bristol 6/10
The Bears are a force to be reckoned with at home and I can see their home support cheering them on to a victory here.

Written by Darry Worthington for Hollywoodbets

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