Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: Gallagher Premiership: Round 11 Preview

Gallagher Premiership: Round 11 Preview

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Our man Shaun Goosen takes us through week 11 of the Gallagher Premiership. The fixture of the week is undoubtedly the top-of-the-table-clash between Exeter and Northampton on Sunday afternoon. 

Elsewhere, Bristol face off against Worcester while Wasps are at home against Saracens.

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Friday 21 February

Wasps v Saracens
21h45
Ricoh Arena

To Win (80 mins)
Wasps 17/10
Draw 20/1
Saracens 5/10

Wasps will have it all to do when they host Saracens at the Ricoh Arena on Friday.

The hosts will need to band together following Dai Young’s departure this week. While the club clearly continues to battle through some turbulent times, it is up to their senior players to steady the ship.

Saracens, no stranger to instability themselves this season, will back themselves to take maximum points from this encounter. Their recent 36-22 win over Sale was a reminder that, while they may be down and out this campaign, they will continue to show fight.

Verdict: Saracens by 12
The defending champions will capitalize on the restlessness of their opponents. 

Sale Sharks v Leicester Tigers
21h45
AJ Bell Stadium

To Win (80 mins)
Sale 1/8
Draw 25/1
Leicester 5/1

Sale will be confident of getting back to winning ways when they host Leicester at the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday.

The Sharks suffered a bad loss to Saracens last week but, such is the competitive nature of the Premiership this season, still sit in third despite winning just half of their games so far.

The Tigers beat Wasps 18-9 last time out and will be aching to back that up with another positive result after winning three and drawing one of their last eight fixtures.

Verdict: Sale by 15
Sale will have too much quality on the day and will be hurting after their loss last week.

Saturday 22 February

London Irish v Gloucester
17h00
Madejski Stadium

To Win (80 mins)
London Irish 23/20
Draw 20/1
Gloucester 15/20

Gloucester will expect to claim maximum points when they play London Irish at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday.

Johan Ackermann’s side are sixth but just three points off the playoff places. A win this weekend, over an admittedly confident Irish team, would be a massive boost.

For the hosts, their recent win at The Stoop was their second in as many weeks. They’ll welcome the challenge at home, but you’d expect they may not have as much desire as their counterparts.

Verdict: Gloucester by seven
The away side should just have enough.

Bath v Harlequins
17h00
The Rec

To Win (80 mins)
Bath 5/10
Draw 20/1
Harlequins 17/10

Both Bath and Harlequins will be looking to put some consistency into their game when they clash at The Rec on Saturday.

The hosts won by a single point at Worcester on the weekend. Trailing fourth-placed Bristol by one point too, Stuart Hooper’s side won’t take anything for granted on Saturday.

Quins were badly beaten by London Irish at home last week. That game included, their recent form reads as follows: L, W, D, L, W, L. This week offers them another shot at getting closer to claiming some stability, though they may be found wanting yet again.

Verdict: Bath by seven
This one may be close but Bath will take it at The Rec.

Sunday 23 February

Bristol v Worcester 
15h00
Ashton Gate

To Win (80 mins)
Bristol 1/6
Draw 25/1
Worcester 17/4

Bristol will feel confident of getting one over Worcester at Ashton Gate on Sunday.

The fourth-placed Bears come off the back of a good win at Franklin’s Gardens that strengthened the belief in their already very capable squad. Playing at home over a struggling Warriors outfit.

Worcester have lost all three of their previous encounters and seem destined for a low table finish. Alan Solomons’ men should struggle again against their confident hosts.

Verdict: Bristol by 14
The Bears should capitalize at home.

Exeter v Northampton
15h00
Sandy Park

To Win (80 mins)
Exeter 2/9
Draw 22/1
Northampton 33/10

Exeter will look to maintain their firm grip at the summit of the standings with a win over second-placed Northampton at Sandy Park on Sunday.

The Chiefs bounced back from their loss to the Sale Sharks with a good win at the Kingsholm last week. A loss here would see Saints draw level on points with them – something they will be very eager to prevent.

Northampton’s home defeat against Bristol last week was a big loss. Still, this fixture gives them a great chance to heap even more pressure on the log leaders.

Verdict: Exeter by seven
With all their big match experience, the Chiefs should come good here.

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