Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: Gallagher Premiership Round 7 Preview

Gallagher Premiership Round 7 Preview


Shaun Goosen previews all the Gallagher Premiership Round Seven action, which will get underway on Friday, 29 January. 

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Friday 29 January

Leicester v Sale
21h45
Welford Road

Leicester can go level on points with Sale when the two sides clash at Welford Road on Friday.

The Tigers are sixth and trail their opponents this week by four log-points. A bonus-point win would lift them into the top four, albeit temporarily.

For the fourth-placed Sharks, a victory here would be their third on the bounce after a three-match losing run in December. With their Champions Cup hopes in tatters, interim coach Paul Deacon’s side will be going all out for the Premiership title – and should be too strong for their hosts here.

Verdict: Sale Sharks

Bristol v Bath
21h45
Ashton Gate

Bristol can maintain their lead at the summit of the standings with victory over a struggling Bath outfit at Ashton Gate on Friday.

The Bears have been scintillating again this season, with their 20-7 win over Exeter at Sandy Park unquestionably their most important result in 2020-21. They’re not stuffing around anymore. They want that championship.

Bath will have Toby Faletau to call upon, but even his presence may not be enough. The visitors have won just two of their eight games in all competitions this season and may struggle against a team playing with such purpose.

Verdict: Bristol

Saturday 30 January

Worcester v Exeter
17h00
Sixways Stadium

The Warriors may feel the brunt of a resurgent Exeter side at the Sixways on Saturday.

The Chiefs were upset at home by fellow contenders Bristol in round six. That won’t rest easy with Rob Baxter’s men, who should hit back hard against Worcester here.

The hosts wouldn’t seem to have answers to the questions the Chiefs will pose on game day. They are 11th after collecting just nine-points so far and could struggle.

Verdict: Exeter

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Gloucester v Northampton
17h00
Kingsholm Stadium

Gloucester can pick up just their second win of the campaign when they host Northampton at the Kingsholm on Saturday.

The hosts have struggled since Johan Ackermann’s departure. They’ve gone backwards this season, currently occupying bottom spot, but should start to collect some positive results soon.

That time could be now. Eighth-placed Northampton haven’t exactly been world-beaters of late and may fall foul of Gloucester here.

Verdict: Gloucester

Sunday 31 January

London Irish v Newcastle
16h30
Brentford Community Stadium

Newcastle can maintain their position in the top four with victory over London Irish at the Brentford Community Stadium on Sunday.

The visitors are surprisingly placed second after a terrific return to the topflight that has seen them claim five wins – including a 27-17 result over Wasps at the Ricoh in early December. With a round eight away trip to Exeter to come, victory here is crucial.

Irish have struggled again this campaign. Four losses and a draw from six is testament to the fact and there’s a good possibility they will drop more points here.

Verdict: Newcastle
 
Wasps v Harlequins
17h00
Ricoh Arena

Wasps can continue their great form when they host Harlequins at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday.

Lee Blackett’s side have won their last five on the bounce and are steadily making their championship ambitions known. With their Champions Cup chances very much on, the confidence at the club will be high.

Quins have won just two from six and may not be able to match Wasps for quality or intensity.

Verdict: Wasps

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