Written 1st October 2020
Premiership Rugby Week 22 Betting Preview
Almost a year after the 19/20 Premiership Rugby season started, we’ve finally reached the final week of the season. It’s been the most challenging season in Premiership Rugby history for many different reasons. Still, now the top 4 teams will all be focused on the Premiership Rugby Grand Final. 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. Missed your pre-match bet? You can Bet Live In-Play on a variety of sports including Rugby. Remember, you can watch Premiership Rugby online for free with Bet UK’s unique Watch and Bet feature.
Bet UK’s Free To Play Premiership Rugby Predictor
Bet UK are proud to announce the release of our Free To Play Premiership Rugby Predictor App, in partnership with Premiership Rugby. Each week, simply make your predictions of a home win, draw or away win for every fixture for a chance to win £1,000. At the end of the season, there’s also a £5,000 prize up for grabs, as well as signed team shirts and tickets to Premiership Rugby’s Grand Final. To join in, simply download the Premiership Rugby app from the App Store or Google Play Store, then navigate to the Predictor section at the bottom. Make sure to get your entries in before 3:00 pm on Sunday 4th October.
Gloucester v Northampton Saints - 15:00, Sunday 4th October
Gloucester’s season is coming to a disappointing end, as they are closer to the bottom of the table than the top. They finished 3rd last year, but now sit in 8th and will be finishing outside of the top half regardless of Sunday’s result. Last time out, Gloucester were beaten 31-20 by Bath, despite leading until the 60th minute. Over the last 20 minutes, Bath scored four tries and Gloucester simply didn’t have an answer. It’s been a common theme this season that Gloucester crumbles under pressure, something they’ll look to fix in 20/21. Similarly to Gloucester, Northampton have struggled this year after plenty of early-season optimism. They are well outside of the playoffs, after making the top 4 last year. It was always the worry that they weren’t reliable enough defensively, and that seems to be the case. They conceded 34 points against Sale, adding to their -89 points difference. There’s plenty of work to be done in Northampton if they are to get back to challenging for the title.
Leicester Tigers v Harlequins - 15:00, Sunday 4th October
After Leicester beat Northampton, everything was set up for them to end the season on a positive note. But, they were quickly brought back down to earth against Bristol. It was clear which side had something to play for as Bristol won 40-3. Leicester failing to score a try shows everything that has been wrong with Tigers this season. Harlequins don’t have anything to play for at the weekend, but it already looks like Leicester have thrown the towel in. Harlequins were within 20 minutes of ruining Wasps playoff chances in midweek but instead fell to a 32-23 defeat. Quins were winning 20-8 just after the break but fell apart when Elia was sent to the stands after 60 minutes. Wasps went on a 14-3 run after that, condemning Harlequins to another defeat. If they are looking to end their season on a high, however, then a game against Leicester is a perfect opportunity.
Saracens v Bath Rugby - 15:00, Sunday 4th October
Saracens have more than their part this season, despite their relegation being confirmed early on. Even with a defeat in midweek against Worcester, Saracens didn’t completely give up and are still fighting each week. They lost 40-27 on the day, but they’ll be looking forward to Sunday. This will be their chance to remind the league what they are all about before their relegation is confirmed. Bath will be hoping Saracens don’t give it their all on Sunday, as they look to secure their place in the top 4. Bath currently sit in 3rd but could finish the day anywhere between 2nd and 5th. It’s been almost two weeks since Bath last played in the Premiership, beating Gloucester 31-20. It was nearly a completely different story, but four tries in 20 minutes gave Bath a come from behind win. If they were to make the top 4, it would only be the second time in 10 years that Bath would make the semi-finals.
London Wasps v Exeter Chiefs - 15:00, Sunday 4th October
Wasps continued their push for the top 4 in midweek as they beat Harlequins 32-23. It looked like it was going to be a tricky afternoon for Wasps, but a second-half red card for Quins completely changed the game. Until that point, Harlequins were in control. But, after Elia’s dismissal, Wasps scored three tries and a penalty kick to give them the win. They’ll face Exeter this weekend, in what could be a potential matchup in the semifinals if Wasps are to make the top 4. Exeter might have already secured their place at the top of the Premiership, but their performance against London Irish in midweek might cause some worries. Chiefs were beaten 19-22 at home after conceding a last-minute try. It was a weaker Chiefs side, but heading into the final few weeks, any losses have to be looked at seriously. Expect a similar weak side this time out, with the big names rested for the semi-finals.
Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors - 15:00, Sunday 4th October
Sale kept their playoff hopes alive with a commanding 34-14 win away at Northampton. Sale dominated from the outset, scoring four first-half tries whilst only conceding one in the process. It’s Sale’s defence that has been their shining light this season, so it’s no surprise they managed to keep one of Premiership Rugby’s best attacks quiet. 2 late tries added extra emphasis to Sale’s win, giving them a perfect chance to make the top 4. Worcester added to the list of late-season shocks with a win against Saracens. It was a high octane first half, with Worcester taking a 28-19 lead heading into the break. With plenty of subs and breaks in play, the second half was less exciting, but Worcester still held out for the win. Considering they were pre-season favourites for relegation, Worcester will look positively back on the season and have plenty to build on for next year.
London Irish v Bristol Bears - 15:00, Sunday 4th October
London Irish ended their run of 9 losses in a row with a remarkable win away at Exeter. Yes, it was a weak Chiefs side, but London Irish will take any win they can get at this point. Irish limited a normally free-scoring Exeter side to just three tries, with only one scored after the break. A late try from Agustin Creevy gave Irish the lead, and will hopefully give them some more hope heading into their game against Bristol. Bristol will also be full of confidence, however, following a dominating 40-3 win over Leicester. Bristol moved within 2 points of second place in the table, scoring six tries in the process. Bristol needed a win like that to give them every belief heading into a tense final week of action. They’ll be thanking the fixture list for giving them an easy game for the biggest match of their season.