Darry Worthington takes a look at one of the bigger clashes of Round 15 of the Gallagher Premiership, and also gives his tips for the remaining five matches.
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Tenth-placed Wasps will be looking to push themselves up the ladder when they play host to fourth-placed Sale on Saturday.
The two sides have experienced contrasting fortunes over the past couple of months with the hosts on the wane and Sale hitting a rich vein of form.
The question left to ask, is whether Wasps can turn the tables here or will Sale continue their solid run of form? Darry Worthing answers this, below.
Wasps v Sales Sharks
Saturday 27 March
To Win (80 Mins)
Wasps really have struggled since the start of the 6 Nations and while this could be down to them missing a couple players it’s not like they are berefit of talent.
The Coventry based side’s recent record reads like a horro story for fans as they have only managed one win in their last five fixtures, and two wins in their last eight. To make matters worse for Wasps, they have lost their last four home fixtures. They suffered a couple horrendous defeats during this run as well going down 10-16 to London Irish at the Ricoh and 17-49 to ‘Quins.
There is a bit of a shining light for this weekend’s hosts as they managed to bag a win last weekend beating Newcastle 18-20. Whether they can repeat the dose against an in form Sale side is another story altogether.
While Wasps have been floundering since the start of the 6 Nations, it’s been – and pardon the pun here – smooth sailing for the Sharks who have won three of their last five games and five of their last eight. They were in solid touch last week as they racked up a massive 41-13 win over London Irish.
Sale actually have both form and recent history going for them here as they have won four out of the last five encounters between the sides. Wasps did claim the spoinst when the sides last met running out 23-26 victors.
Verdict: Wasps 1/1
I fancy the hosts here. Last week’s win will have done them a world of good and I reckon they’ll build on it. Thjey offer decent value at even money as well.
Bristol Win 48/100
Northampton Win 42/100
Bath Win 57/100
Leicester Win 31/100