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Premiership Rugby Predictions And Betting Tips

Exeter vs Northampton (Saturday, 16:00 BST)

Exeter host Northampton on the final day of the season with the two sides still with something to play for. Exeter currently sit at the top of the table with 81 points from their 21 games, and while they seemed as though they had all but secured top spot for the playoffs, their convincing loss to Saracens last time out has helped Sarries to cut the gap between themselves and the Chiefs to just four points, meaning they could still finish top if Exeter do not win and the second-placed side excel against Worcester. Northampton meanwhile have won 11 of their 21 games meaning they have picked up 56 points and lead Harlequins in fifth by just a single point. A loss on the final day could see them relinquish their playoff spot, so they will need to ensure that they match the points haul of Harlequins on the final day. In this one, we think the Chiefs will do everything to get back to winning ways as soon as possible, and they will target a Saints side that they have only lost to once in their last five games, with that defeat coming on the road. At Sandy Park this year, Exeter have been near-perfect, winning nine of their 10 home matches so far, and we think they will make it 10 from 11 with yet another win on Saturday, potentially ruining Northampton’s hopes of a playoff spot.



Worcester vs Saracens (Saturday, 16:00 BST)

Despite struggling earlier in the campaign, Worcester have been able to secure their place in the Premiership for next season with some time left to spare as they have continued to impress. Eight victories in 21 matches means they have picked up 41 points and boast an 11 point gap between themselves and Newcastle at the bottom, while they are a point above Leicester in 11th at this stage of the season. While the mood will be one of celebration on Saturday, they still have a job to do in their last game, with Saracens the visitors for the regular season’s finale. Sarries still hold onto their hopes of clinching top spot for the season as they are only four points short of Exeter at the top of the standings. 16 wins in 21 is an impressive record, and they come into this one in confident mood after hammering Exeter 38-7 last time out before they defeated Leinster 20-10 in the European Champions Cup final. This means they are still very much in the running for a trophy double this year as they have continued to dominate. A home semi-final is secured for Sarries, but they will want to finish at the top of the standings to ensure they face one of Northampton or Harlequins, leaving Exeter to face Gloucester instead. In order to do this, they need to hope Exeter do not win their final match, but the reigning-champions will not be focussing too much on what is going on across the rest of England, instead trying to score as many points as possible against a stubborn Worcester outfit. The last five matches between the pair has seen Sarries win every time, while their smallest margin of victory in this time is eight points, meaning we are confident they can win with a two point handicap. 



Sale vs Gloucester (Saturday, 16:00 BST)

Sale have looked fairly good this season as they have ensured they have maintained their Premiership status following a strong campaign in England’s top league. 10 wins in 21 matches have come along with two draws and nine defeats, with their 50 point haul meaning they are 20 clear of Newcastle at the bottom of the table. While their season has been good, they find themselves six point short of Northampton in fourth, with a place in the playoffs out of their reach, which is something they will look to rectify next year. For Gloucester, this is a chance to swell their bubbling confidence and go into the playoffs on the back of another win. 13 victories has helped the side onto 66 points, meaning they are 10 short of Sarries in second but, more importantly, they are 10 clear of Northampton in fourth, with Gloucester some way above of the battle for the final playoff spot. This one will see Sale desperate to go out on a high, but we think that Gloucester will still completely have their minds on rugby as they have at least one more game to play after the regular season ends. Gloucester are currently a rather tasty 4/1 to win this match, and with six wins in their last nine against Sale, we are backing the away side to pick up another triumph. 

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Premiership Rugby Outright Betting Market Explained

The rugby season is a long and arduous one, and nothing can be taken for granted. One side can make the play-offs one season, only to struggle in relegation mire the next, and this is what makes the Premiership so exciting.

There are not as many outright markets on offer as there are match betting markets, but the outright markets can offer good value, although betting here will require a lot of patience as they take the entire season to be completed, unless you placed a bet in the final few weeks of the season.

Premiership Winner

This market allows the bettor to predict who they feel will be the overall winner in the competition that year. Unlike the Premier League in football, which crowns the team that finishes first as the champion, the rugby Premiership pits the top four teams against one-another in a play-off, with the winner of the semi-finals progressing to a final, where the winner of this is crowned champion. Therefore, if you backed Leicester in this market and they finish third, all is not lost as they can still win the entire competition through the play-offs. This market requires patience and a keen eye, along with some luck.

Premiership Regular Season Winner

As mentioned above, the Premiership does not end when each team has played their allocation of home and away games. Indeed, the play-offs are the highlight of the season for many, but this does not make the regular season any less exciting. In this market you will look to back the side you feel will finish in first-place at the end of the regular season. In the 2017/18 season Exeter Chiefs finished at the top of the table, which would see a bet on them in this market pay out despite the Chiefs losing to Saracens in the play-off final at Twickenham.


Premiership Top Try scorer 

In this market you are able to back the player you feel will finish the season with the most tries. The Premiership has no shortage of superb scoring talent, with the likes of Christian Wade, Jonny May and Denny Solomona all fancied to top score prior to the start of the season. Chris Ashton signed for Sale this summer, and he returns to England on the back of a superb scoring season in France, and he will fancy his chances of finishing as the player to cross the line the most.

Premiership Rugby Match Betting Markets Explained

Rugby Union, like most other sports, is very well covered in betting, with markets available for almost every facet of the game. This can often cause things to get confusing for the bettors, with those that are not experts in rugby potentially needing some help sifting through what each market means. 

Fortunately, we here at Bettingpro pride ourselves on our knowledge of cricket and, like football, rugby and many other sports, we offer a full guide to the available markets, and the best way to make the most out of them.

Match Winner

The simplest market in the game. Here, you simply back the side you feel will win the match, it is as easy as that. This market is best utilised when two teams are quite evenly-matched. If it is difficult to pick a winner from the two, such as in a match between Wasps and Leicester, then the odds on offer will hold more value, whereas backing Saracens against Bristol will see Bristol offer huge value, but only because Saracens will be huge favourites.

Handicaps

This market is a way of backing a favourite in the game, but it can offer good value. Simply put, you back a team with a handicap of either minus points or plus points to win the game. For example, if you want to back Saracens to beat Wasps, you can back them with a handicap of -9 points, which means that if Saracens win by 8 points or less, then your bet will lose, while if they win, for example, 25-10, then your bet will win. You can also back it the other way, and if you back Wasps +9 and they lose 16-13, then your bet will still win because you backed the side with a handicap of +9. 

Half-Time/Full-Time

In this market, the bettor is able to back the team they feel will be ahead at half-time, and the team they feel will lead at full-time. This can prove very valuable if you correctly predict a minnow leading the favourite at half-time, only to then lead at full-time. It can also offer value if you back the underdog to lead at half-time and then full-time. 

Winning Margin

This market gives the punter the chance to back how many points they think a certain team will win by. Backing a side to win by 1-10 points, 11-20 points, 21-30 points and so on can offer very good value as the game of rugby is an exceptionally unpredictable one. If you are able to put money on the correct outcome, it can offer a good return.

Team To Score First

Here, the bettor chooses which side he feels will be the first on the scoreboard. Unlike football, which only has one way of scoring, rugby players can open the scoring via a try, a penalty or a drop goal, meaning that a side can be pushing for a try early on, only to decide to take the three points from a penalty. This market can be an unpredictable one, and backing the correct side to score first is not always easy. 

Highest Scoring Half

This market gives bettors the opportunity to back which half they feel will see the most points. The first weekend of the Premiership usually sees a more cagey first-half, which is then followed by a slightly more open second-half as the trailing side looks to ensure they do not fall to an opening day defeat. Therefore, backing a higher scoring second-half may be intelligent, although rugby is a game that can surprise, with the first-half seeing big scores only for the points to dry up in the second 40.

First Try Converted

Here, the bettor can predict whether the first try of the game will be converted or not. A conversion being nailed first time around is usually the option with shorter odds, but if a team is to score in the corner, then backing the side to not add the extras offers very good value. 

Sending Off In Match 

This market simply allows a bettor to predict whether there will be a sending off in a match. Rugby is a sport of extreme physicality, and often it can boil over, with cheap shots at the bottom of a ruck, late tackles or last second tries sometimes sparking mass brawls, which can then lead to cards being dished out, with the colour of those cards up to the discretion of the referee. 

Leading Points Scorers

RankPlayerYearsPoints
1Charlie Hodgson2000-20162,623
2Andy Goode1998-20162,285
3Stephen Myler2006-20181,704
4Nick Evans 2008-20171,656
5Olly Barkley2001-20151,605
6Jonny Wilkinson1997-20081,489
7Gareth Steenson 2010-1,456
8Jimmy Gopperth2009-1,290
9Barry Everitt2000-20101,267
10Tim Stimpson1997-20051,243

Top Try Scorers

RankPlayerYearsTries
1Tom Varndell2004-201793
2Mark Cueto2001-201590
3Christian Wade2011-82
4Chris Ashton2001-201780
5Steve Hanley1998-201775
6Paul Sackey1999-201468
7Tom Voyce2000-201366
8James Simpson-Daniel2000-201363
9Matt Banahan2007-62
10Neil Back 1997-200559

Winners

RankTeamWinsLast Win 
1Leicester Tigers102012/13
2Bath61996/96
3Wasps62007/08
4Saracens42017/18
5Newcastle Falcons11997/98
6Sale Sharks12005/06
7Harlequins12011/12
8Northampton Saints12013/14
9Exeter Chiefs12016/17

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