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Gallagher Premiership: Round 14 Preview

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Shaun Goosen takes a look at Round 14 of this weekend’s Gallagher Premiership fixtures set to kick-off on Friday 19 March.
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Friday 19 March

Newcastle v Wasps

21h45

Kingston Park


To Win MatchNewcastle 13/10

Draw 20/1
Wasps 66/100

Newcastle welcome under fire Wasps to Kingston Park on Friday.

The visitors, who have recently signed Francois Hougaard, are 10th after four losses on the spin. They should bounce back here.

The newly promoted Falcons have been good this season, occupying eighth but just three-points better off Wasps. They could fall at home this weekend though.

Verdict: Wasps 66/100


Saturday 20 March

Bath v Worcester

16h00

The Rec


To Win Match

Bath 19/100

Draw 25/1

Worcester 39/10

Struggling Bath host a Warriors team in deep trouble themselves at the Rec on Saturday.

The hosts have been severely inconsistent this term and look a shadow of the side that made the playoffs last season. Sitting in ninth, they should pick up a seventh campaign win at home here.

After many years of struggle, Worcester are in proper relegation danger this season. They are last, three-points adrift of Gloucester, with tests against Saints, Quins, Sale and the Chiefs coming thick and fast. It could get really ugly for them.

Verdict: Bath 19/100


Harlequins v Gloucester

16h00

The Stoop


To Win Match

Harlequins 1/6

Draw 25/1

Gloucester 44/10

Harlequins host last-placed Gloucester at the Stoop on Saturday as they look to keep the pace in the playoff spots.

The hosts are third despite a one-point loss to the Chiefs at Sandy Park last week. They should have no problem seeing off the Cherry and Whites, though, who are just three-points off the bottom.

Gloucester remain very much in a battle to avoid relegation and a tricky run of games ahead won’t do them any favours.

Verdict: Harlequins 1/6


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Exeter v Leicester

16h30

Sandy Park


To Win Match

Exeter 1/7

Draw 28/1

Leicester 48/10

Exeter host the Tigers at Sandy Park on Saturday in a bid to keep pace with Bristol.

The Chiefs are second, seven-points adrift of the first-placed Bears and any more negative results will see their chances at finishing top vanish. They won’t have a problem this weekend though.

The Tigers are slowly starting to find their stripes again under Steve Borthwick and claimed good wins over Irish and Gloucester over the past fortnight. That said, they may not have enough against the Chiefs.

Verdict: Exeter 1/7


Sunday 21 March

Sale Sharks v London Irish

17h00

AJ Bell Stadium


To Win Match

Sale Sharks 24/100

Draw 25/1

London Irish 33/10

Sale can’t afford to lose more ground at the AJ Bell against London Irish on Saturday.

The fourth-placed Sharks have picked up a nasty habit of winning one week and losing another. Well, a defeat this weekend would see them fall out of the playoff spots with the Exiles just two-points back.

Irish are sixth and look like they mean business this season. That said, they may be outmuscled against the Sharks here.

Verdict: Sale Sharks 24/100


Northampton v Bristol Bears

17h00

Franklin’s Gardens


To Win Match

Northampton 17/10

Draw 20/1

Bristol Bears 51/100

Northampton have a fantastic chance at hauling back the Bears at Franklin’s Gardens on Sunday.

Saints are fifth and can make a real statement with a win at home this weekend. Their win over Sale in round 13 may give them the momentum they need to cause a big upset here.

Bristol are unbeaten in five and mean serious business. They could be upset by a good Northampton team on Sunday though.

Verdict: Northampton 17/10


Written by Shaun Goosen. 

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