Written 14th August 2020
Premiership Rugby Week 14 Betting Preview
After over 4 months without rugby union action, Premiership Rugby finally returns to our TV screens. We’re previewing every match for the rest of the season, starting with tonight’s match between Harlequins and Sale. Throughout the season, make sure to take a look at our Premiership Rugby betting tips for previews every week, and head over to Bet UK’s online betting for the latest rugby betting odds for all matches. Remember, you can watch Premiership Rugby online for free with Bet UK’s unique Watch and Bet feature.
Harlequins (39/20) v Sale Sharks (5/12) - 19:45, Friday 14th August
Premiership Rugby is kicking off with a match between Harlequins and Sale, as the Sharks look to solidify their place in the playoffs. Harlequins stand in their way, looking to grab their 6th win of the season. There've been plenty of ups and downs for Quins, who find themselves in mid-table. A late season playoff push is still possible, but they’ll need to get started with a win against Sale tonight. It won’t be an easy task however. Sale have been solid all year, thanks to an impressive defensive record. They currently boast the best defense in the Premiership, and although their attack isn’t as strong, they will still feel they can keep anyone out on their day.
Worcester Warriors (7/5) v Gloucester (20/33) - 12:30, Saturday 15th August
Few would have predicted that this would be a bottom of the table clash before the season started. But, as it stands, 9th are taking on 10th at Worcester on Saturday. Worcester have actually performed better than expected if anything, with the relegation favourites picking up some impressive wins. Close losses have kept them down at the bottom of the table, but there is some optimism in the camp. For Gloucester however, an expected playoff push has completely fallen apart. They’ve only won 4 matches all season, and although there have been some tight games, Gloucester have often found themselves on the wrong end of the result. If they are to have any chance of making the semi-finals, a win is vital on Saturday.
Exeter Chiefs (1/15) v Leicester Tigers (29/4) - 14:00, Saturday 15th August
It’s rare that we see odds as short as 1/15 in Premiership Rugby, but Exeter have been so dominant this year that it’s easy to see why they are so short. They sit 5 points clear at the top of the Premiership Rugby Table with a huge points difference of +160. Their defence hasn’t been as strong as previous years, but going forward they are hard to resist. 390 points have been scored in just 13 games, an average of 30 points each game. For Leicester however, it’s been a very different season. They came into the year with plenty of hope after a disappointing year, but it’s been a very similar season. With just 4 wins all season, Leicester have to be grateful that Saracens have already been confirmed at the bottom of the table. This should be an absolute whitewash for the home side.
Bath (5/19) v London Irish (3/1) - 15:00, Saturday 15th August
Another Saturday mid-table clash sees Bath taking on London Irish. Bath have arguably been the most average side in the Premiership this season. They aren’t near the bottom, and aren’t threatening the top 4. There’s little for them to play for but pride at this point, but at least their opponents London Irish are in a similar situation. The newly promoted side have been more solid than many would have expected in their first season back in the Premiership. Regardless of Saracen’s situation, London Irish were in no danger of going down and can now look forward to keeping their place in the league next year. With both sides having no real motivation, this should be a close game with not many points scored for either side.
Northampton Saints (10/23) v Wasps (37/20) - 15:00, Sunday 16th August
The first weekend of Premiership rugby ends with arguably the match of the weekend. Northampton sit in 4th as it stands, but are just 2 points ahead of 5th place Wasps. The home side has followed on from their pattern last year, with plenty of points being scored at either end. They have scored 303 points, but also have one of the worst defences with 311 points conceded. It's a very similar story for Wasps, who have scored and conceded more points than Northampton. They are easily the best attacking side in the Premiership this season, and against Northampton’s leaky defence, it could be an interesting battle. Either way, with plenty of points for both sides, Sunday’s match should be an absolute thriller.