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Gallagher Premiership: Round 19 Preview



Darry Worthington runs the rule over the six Round 19 Gallagher Premiership games which are being played between Tuesday the 8th of September and Wednesday the 9th.

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The second set of midweek Gallagher Premiership fixtures lie ahead this week and there are some cracking midweek games in store, with the headline clash seeing in-form sides Exeter and Gloucester go head-to-head in Wednesday's opener.

Bristol Bears v Northampton Saints
Tuesday 8 September
Ashton Gate
20:35

To Win (80 Mins)
Bristol 1/20
Draw 35/1
Northampton 15/2

Handicap
Bristol (-17.5) 8/10
Northampton (+17.5) 9/10

Tuesday night's solitary game sees home semi-final hunting Bristol play host to a Northampton side that desperately need a win to remain in contention for a semi-final.

The hosts have been in decent enough touch since the season resumed winning three of their five fixtures with their two defeats coming at the hands of quality Sale and Exeter sides. They head into Tuesday night's encounter having beaten the Worcester Warriors 13-26. 

Conversely, Northampton have struggled since the season restarted losing four of their five games with their only victory coming against lowly London Irish. They head into Round 19 off the back of a plucky 19-22 defeat to the Exeter Chiefs. 

Verdict: Bristol Bears (-17.5) 8/10
While the Bears will have to make a number of changes to their starting XV due to playing time protocols, they'll still have far too much about them for a struggling Saints outfit to cope with. My money is on the hosts clearing the 'cap with points to spare.

Exeter Chiefs v Gloucester
Wednesday 9 September
Sandy Park 
18:30

To Win (80 Mins)
Exeter 1/100
Draw 35/1
Gloucester 12/1

Handicap
Exeter (-28.5) 17/20
Gloucester (+28.5) 17/20

Next up, we have champions-elect, Exeter, taking on a Gloucester side that will still have a slim chance of making the semi-finals should they win this one.

The Chiefs have been a touch above everyone else since the season restarted with the men from Devonshire winning all five of their games. Their latest victory saw a somewhat weakened side squeak past Northampton 19-22.

Gloucester, while not as prolific as Exeter, have also fared rather well since the top tier of English rugby got back underway with the 'Cherry and Whites' winning three of their five games. They head into Wednesday evening's fixture off the back of a 36-23 victory over struggling London Irish.

Verdict: Exeter 1/100
We could well be in for something of a try fest here as both sides are intent on playing running rugby. My money is on the hosts winning a very high scoring game. I'm also going to go the safe route here and back the Chiefs on the straight win which has absolutely no value but is still my call.

London Wasps v Leicester Tigers
Wednesday 9 September
Ricoh Arena
18:30

To Win (80 Mins)
Wasps 1/50
Draw 35/1
Leicester 11/1

Handicap
Wasps (-23.5) 17/20
Leicester (+23.5) 17/20

Next up we have the fourth-placed Wasps taking on the 11th-placed Leicester Tigers. The visitors are enduring a tough time of it at the moment and have only won one of their last five fixtures and head into this clash off the back of a 31-40 defeat to the Sale Sharks. 

Wasps, on the other hand, have won four of their last fixtures with their only defeat coming at the hands of the Sale Sharks whom they lost to 11-20 in Round 16. They head into this fixture having beaten a loaded Saracens side 18-28.

Verdict: Wasps (-)
The men from Coventry are in sensational form at the minute and I can see them running up a big score against a struggling Leicester side. 

Sale Sharks v Saracens
Wednesday 9 September
AJ Bell Stadium
19:00

To Win (80 Mins)
Sale 1/5
Draw 25/1
Saracens 34/10

Handicap
Sale (-9.5) 17/20
Saracens (+9.5) 17/20

The Sale Sharks will be looking to consolidate second-place on the Premiership standings when they take on a Saracens outfit that will be without England pivot Owen Farell, who is likely to cop a massive ban for his dangerous tackle last weekend. 

Sale have enjoyed a good time of it since the restart and have won three from five games with all three of those victories coming in the last three rounds. Their latest win saw them beat the Leicester Tigers by nine points.

Saracens hold an identical record since the restart also winning three from five. They do head into this one off the back of a defeat, however, as Owen Farrell's red card saw them capitulate to a 18-28 defeat to Wasps.

Verdict: Sale (-9.5) 17/20
I can see Sale having little problems against a Saracens side that will be understrength and that has nothing to play for.

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Bath v Worcester Warriors 
Wednesday 9 September
The Recreation Ground
20:45

To Win (80 Mins)
Bath 1/25
Draw 35/1
Worcester 9/1

Handicap
Bath
Worcester

*handicap to be added on release

The penultimate game of Round 19 will see fifth-place Bath take on 10th-placed Worcester. The hosts are still well in the running for a semi-final berth and will be looking for a bonus-point win in a bid to close the one-point gap between themselves and fourth-placed Bath.

In terms of last weekend's results, Bath head into this one having beaten Harlequins 27-41 while Worcester went down 13-36 to the Bristol Bears. 

Verdict: Bath (-)
I'm all over the hosts on the minus. They'll be gunning for a bonus point and should get it against a Worcester side that has conceded 95 points in their last two games. 

London Irish v Harlequins
Wednesday 9 September
Twickenham Stoop
20:45

To Win (80 Mins)
London Irish 17/4
Draw 28/1
Harlequins 2/13

Handicap
London Irish (+12.5) 17/20
Harlequins (-12.5) 17/20

London Irish and Harlequins will bring the curtain down on the Round 19 action when they meet at the Twickenham Stoop on Wednesday evening.

Both sides are out of the running for semi-final berths with the hosts lying ninth on the table and the visitors a position above in eighth.

Irish have been in horrific form lately losing all five of their games since the restart with their most recent loss being a 36-23 defeat at the hands of Gloucester. 'Quins have fared slightly better winning two of their last five. They do, however, head into this match off the back of a 27-41 home defeat to Bath. 

Verdict: Harlequins (-12.5) 17/20
I'm on the away win here as Irish are on a horrific run of form. I'll only be placing a small bet though as both teams have been extremely poor over the past couple weeks.

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