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Northants, London Irish chasing Gallagher Premiership play-off berths

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Most of the Gallagher Premiership semi-final berths look decided although a slip up in form for either Sale or Harlequins could open the back door for London Irish or Northampton to sneak a place in the play-offs.

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Bath v Sale Sharks

Friday 14 May
The Recreation Ground

To Win (80 Mins)

Bath 19/10
Draw 20/1
Sale 9/20

We kick things off at the Rec where seventh-placed Bath will take on third-placed Sale. The hosts are looking to secure themselves a spot in Europe next term while Sale will still be gunning to pip Exeter to second place on the log and gain a home semi-final in the process.

The hosts have been in poor form of late losing to Wasps and Bath in the Premiership and Montpellier in the Challenge Cup semi-finals. Paul Deacon’s men have been stronger of late winning four of their last five fixtures across all competitions.

Verdict: Bath 19/10

I’m going for the upset here. Bath have won the last three games between the sides and I reckon they could well keep that run going.

Wasps v Worcester

Saturday 15 May
Ricoh Arena

To Win (80 Mins)

Wasps 1/10
Draw 30/1
Worcester 6/1

Wasps will be looking to move into the European berths when they take on tournament whipping boys, the Worcester Warriors in Saturday’s opener.

Both teams have endured tough old campaigns with the visitors rooted to the foot of the log with only three wins from their 18 fixtures, while Wasps are in ninth with seven wins from their 18 outings.

The hosts have really struggled for domestic results of late losing seven of their last nine games. Worcester have been even worse losing all of their last nine.

When these sides last met, Wasps won 7-13. The Hosts for this weekend had also won the prior four clashes between the sides.

Verdict: Wasps 1/10

Not much value on offer here, but the Wasps win is an absolute banker.

Leicester v Harlequins

Saturday 15 May
Welford Road

To Win (80 Mins)

Leicester 33/20
Draw 20/1
Harlequins 52/100

We’re off to Welford Road next for a fixture that will see the eighth-placed Tigers tackle the fourth-placed Harlequins.

‘Quins are well-placed to make the semi-finals but can’t avoid any slip-ups while Leicester will be looking to consolidate their grip on the European places.

The hosts have been a bit hit and miss if late beating Ulster in Europe while going down to Sale, Northampton and Bath on the domestic front. ‘Quins have been in far better touch winning their last three domestic games.

Verdict: Harlequins 52/100

I reckon ‘Quins will get the win here but it’ll be by a very narrow margin.

Newcastle v Northampton

Monday 17 May
Kingston Park Stadium

To Win (80 Mins)

Newcastle 33/20
Draw 18/1
Northampton 54/100

Monday will see the Newcastle Falcons take on the Northampton Saints. The hosts are lingering near the foot of the table while the visitors are still in with an outside chance of making the semi-finals.

The two sides have experienced vastly contrasting seasons with Northampton winning 10 of their 18 fixtures while the Falcons have only won seven of their 18.

In terms of recent results, the Saints have won three of their last five fixtures while Newcastle have won two of their last five. The hosts do come into this one off the back of a very impressive 52-27 win over London Irish.

Verdict: Northampton 54/100

I don’t think Northampton will hammer the Falcons, but they will win this one.

Bristol v Gloucester

Monday 17 May
Aston Gate

To Win (80 Mins)

Bristol 1/7
Draw 25/1
Gloucester 48/10

Bristol will be looking to consolidate when they take on the 10th-placed Gloucester this Monday.

The Bears are having an absolute blinder of a domestic campaign and have won 14 and drawn one of their 18 fixtures, while Gloucester have only managed to record six wins from their 18 fixtures.

The hosts have been endured some patchy for of late suffering two defeats in their last four outings. They were solid last weekend, however. running out 20-40 victors over Bath.

Gloucester have actually won their last two fixtures, with their most recent victory being a 7-31 win over Northampton at Ashton Gate.

Verdict: Bristol 1/7

This could be an entertaining game. I reckon the Bears will take the spoils, though.

London Irish v Exeter

Tuesday 18 May
Brentford Community Stadium

To Win (80 Mins)

Irish 44/10
Draw 25/1
Exeter 1/6

We bring things to a close in Brentford where the Exeter Chiefs will be looking for a big win over a London Irish side who are still gunning for a semi-final place.

The hosts have struggled lately losing all four of their last games, with their last defeat being a 52-27 loss to the Falcons. Exeter have been in far better touch and have won four of their last five fixtures, with the most recent being a 41-10 thumping of whipping boys, Worcester Warriors.

Verdict: Exeter 1/6

Again, not much value here but I can’t see anything bar an Exeter win.

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