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Rugby Premiership betting tips for the games between April 26-28

Ben Darvill 24 Apr 2019
Danny Cipriani of Gloucester (credit:Mike Egerton/PA Archive/PA Images)

Can Wasps impart another away defeat on Saracens, and can Gloucester claim another massive win? Read on for our best bets for the games in the Rugby Premiership this weekend.

Newcastle vs Northampton (Friday, 19:45 BST)

Newcastle’s season is threatening to end in relegation after their campaign has failed to ever actually get off the ground. Six wins in 19 have come alongside 13 defeats, with the 30 points they have picked up seeing them languish seven points short of Worcester in 11th, with England’s second-league beckoning for the side. Northampton meanwhile have impressed this year, and they are in with a good chance of taking a playoff spot following nine wins in 19, which has helped them onto 46 points. As things stand, Northampton sit a point below Wasps in fifth, while they are four short of Harlequins in the final playoff spot, meaning they need to embark on a strong run over their last cluster of games if they are to take a spot in the off-season. 

Recent form shows that Newcastle have reverted back to their struggles after a run of three wins had seen their hopes of survival enhanced massively. However, since then, the Falcons have fallen to two defeats in a row, with a loss on the road to Saracens foreseeable, while their home defeat to fellow-strugglers Leicester was one that will be incredibly difficult to come back from. Northampton on the other hand arrive on the back of an impressive away win over Harlequins as they dragged their opponents back to within touching distance in the table. Impressively, the Saints have won their last two away games in a row, and they will come into this one looking to make it three wins in a row on the road. In recent clashes between the pair, Newcastle have managed to win four of the last five, however, in those victories they had not been playing as badly as they are this season, while Hants hammered Newcastle 59-33 in their clash earlier this year and, with this in mind, we are backing the away side to win this one with a -2 point handicap. 


Wasps vs Saracens (Saturday, 16:30 BST)

Wasps are still in with a real chance of securing a playoff spot for the season after a fairly good campaign in which they sit just below the top-four spots. 19 matches have culminated in nine wins and 10 defeats, with the side picking up an impressive 47 points so far this year. This tally means they are three points short of Harlequins in fourth and the final playoff spot, meaning that they are well and truly in with a chance of taking a playoff spot in England’s top league. Saracens meanwhile arrive sitting in second in the league following 14 wins and five defeats in their 19 games. While they are currently 21 points clear of Wasps in fifth, they will still be disappointed with their domestic campaign, with the side losing games they will feel they should have won, which has left them nine points behind leaders Exeter. With only a handful of games left to come, Sarries know they cannot afford anymore mistakes if they are to finish at the top. 

Wasps’ last cluster of games has seen the side impress, with two wins in two seeing them defeat Worcester and Exeter, with their most recent win over the Chiefs an incredible one considering the league leaders have been so good at Sandy Park this year. Sarries meanwhile arrive following a very disappointing defeat at the hands of Bristol in their last match with the reigning-champions beaten 23-21 by their hosts. Interestingly, Sarries have struggled away from home this year, with the side without a win on the road since November 25th, with five losses in a row in the league since then. Recently, Sarries have had the better of this fixture, with three wins in their last three, however, the recent away form of Saracens means we are not confident in their ability to win this one, with the side struggling massively, while Wasps offer very good value at 6/5 with BetVictor considering the fact they are playing at home and have looked very good there. 

Worcester vs Gloucester (Sunday, 15:00 BST)

Worcester have been struggling massively this season, but they have been able to build a seven point gap between themselves and Newcastle in 12th, with the side desperately trying to avoid relegation to England’s second-league. Seven wins have come alongside 12 losses, with the 37 points they have picked up seeing them as the most likely candidates to go down in Newcastle’s stead, although they might cite that they are confident their points tally will likely be enough. Gloucester meanwhile have been superb, winning 12, drawing one and losing six times, with the 60 points they have picked up seeing the side sitting 13 clear of Wasps in fifth, with a playoff spot what they would have been chasing at the start of the season. Impressively, they are only eight points short of Saracens in second in the league and, if Sarries are to continue to struggle on the road, Gloucester could yet pile the pressure on the side with another win. 

Despite struggling this year, Worcester have looked fairly good of late, with the side managing to win three of their last four matches, including a big 39-17 win over Sale on the road in their last match. Gloucester meanwhile have been awesome recently, with victories over Bath, Northampton, Wasps, Harlequins, Saracens and Exeter seeing the side win six of their last seven games, with only a loss to Bristol on the road in this time. Recent meetings between the two sides has seen Gloucester win their fair share of matches, with four wins over Worcester in the last five meetings. With this in mind, along with the fact that Danny Cipriani has been pivotal for the away side and their rise, we think the playmaker will lead the outfit to another huge win. 

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