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Can Exeter continue to dominate the table? Get Premiership Rugby Tips

Ben Darvill 4 Apr 2019
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Can Harlequins add to Sale's woes, will Exeter push Leicester closer to relegation, and can Gloucester tighten their hold on a playoff pspot? Read on for our best bets for the games in the Premiership this weekend. 

Sale vs Harlequins (Friday, 19:45 BST)

Sale are one of the sides struggling to really set themselves apart from mid-table, with the Sharks sitting in sixth in the table after a fairly good campaign. Eight wins, one draw and eight losses means they have 40 points, and they currently sit nine short of Harlequins in fourth and the final playoff spot. Their last clash was one that will have disappointed their fans massively as they fell to a 22-17 loss to bottom of the table Newcastle, with the Sharks simply not good enough on the day. Visitors Harlequins arrive in fourth in the table and looking to keep ahold of the final playoff spot after what has been a good campaign so far. Nine wins and eight defeats have yielded 49 points, meaning they are very well set to take their place in the off-season. 

Recent matches between the two sides has seen both trading blows as far as victories goes. Quins won the last clash between the two in a crushing 51-23 triumph as they completely outplayed their opponents. Despite sitting lower in the table than Quins, Sale are the odds-on favourites for this one, which gives us even more reason to back the away side who are 21/10 to win the match. Of course, away trips in the Premiership are not ever easy, but we think that Quins will have enough to do the double over their opponents in the league. 

Leicester vs Exeter (Saturday, 16:30 BST)

This season continues to go from bad to worse for Leicester Tigers as the stalwarts of European rugby attempt to make their way out of a relegation battle that could go right down the the wire. The Tigers have won just six matches all season, losing a massive 11 times, which is the exact same record as both Worcester and Newcastle, who are 11th and 12th respectively. The only difference between the sides is the fact that Leicester have a points difference of -119, while Worcester’s is -59, and the Falcons have a points difference of -97. With so few games left in the season, Leicester need to turn things around and win their games soon, or the relegation zone will continue to edge closer to them. Exeter meanwhile lead the table following a superb campaign that continues to impress. 17 games have resulted in 14 wins and just three defeats, while they have a massive 15 bonus points this campaign. The Chiefs currently boast a nine point lead over Saracens in second, and they will be keen to increase this advantage against a Leicester side in real trouble. 

Despite Leicester being a side that have been superb for years in England they have struggled against the Chiefs, with Exeter having the better of them on four of the last six matches between the pair. Indeed, the last two times they have come together, Exeter have won 40-6 and 30-6, with victories by large margins seeing the Chiefs embarrass their opponents. Worryingly for Leicester, Exeter have won six of their nine away games this year as they continue to show that they are powerful whether at Sandy Park or anywhere else. With this in mind along with the fact Exeter won the last two contests between the two by over 24 runs on both occasions, we are backing the away side with a -5 point handicap. 

Northampton vs Gloucester (Sunday, 15:00 BST)

Northampton are still looking to claim a playoff spot this year after a campaign that has really gotten going in recent weeks. Eight wins and nine defeats means the side sit in fifth in the table with 41 points, meaning they are nine points short of Harlequins in fourth-place. Gloucester on the other hand have won 10 of their 17, drawing once and losing six, with the 50 points they have accrued seeing the side into third, eight points short of Saracens in second. The away side are looking to secure their berth in the playoffs this year and they can take a big step towards this by defeating Northampton, which both gives Gloucester the points and deprives their rivals of a much-needed boost. 

In this one, we are going to back the away side to win this one at odds of 5/4. Gloucester currently boast an impressive four wins in five including the scalps of Exeter and Saracens, while they have won three of their last four matches against Northampton in a strong run of form against their opponents. Northampton meanwhile have just one win in their last three Premiership games while they were beaten 26-24 by struggling Bristol the last time they were at home, and this gives us reason enough to back the away side to secure a big win in this match. 

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