Written 14th October
Premiership Rugby 19/20 Betting Guide
The Gallagher Premiership returns later this month and ahead of the opening weekend, Bet UK have taken a look at every team in the league. We’ll preview each team, how we expect them to line up, how the World Cup has affected their pre season and where we think they could finish in the 19/20 season.
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Last Season’s Finish - 6th
Director Of Rugby - Stuart Hooper
Captain - Matt Garvey
Bet UK’s Predicted Finish - 9th
Since finishing as runners up in 2015, Bath have failed to live up to those heights. In fact, that season looks more and more like being a one off, rather than the start of a new era of Bath Rugby. The last two seasons, Bath have finished in 6th place with 56 points and Stuart Hooper will be hoping to try and avoid Bath from completely stagnating. There are a lot of new academy graduates in the squad this season, so it might be a season of transition with a view to challenge in a few years. Unless the new youngsters make the step up to the Premiership, it’s unlikely Bath will be challenging for the title.
Last Season’s Finish - 9th
Director Of Rugby - Pat Lam
Captain - Steven Luatua
Bet UK’s Predicted Finish - 10th
Bristol Bears survived their first season back in the Premiership with a comfortable 9th place finish. Ahead of this season, Bristol have secured the signings of England internationals Nathan Hughes and Dave Attwood. They will be hoping that the experience those players will bring will secure their place in the Premiership again, but Bet UK’s betting odds seem to suggest different. We have Bristol actually taking a step back and finishing 10th this year. It’s true that Bristol have strengthened, but initial looks still don't put them on the level of Leicester for example. Leicester finished 11th but have had a complete squad overhaul this summer, but it remains to be seen how Bristol’s calmer approach will play out.
Last Season’s Finish - Runners Up
Director Of Rugby - Rob Baxter
Captain - Jack Yeandle
Bet UK’s Predicted Finish - Runners Up
Exeter have enjoyed their best period in recent history in the last 10 years, but they’ve been unlucky to come up against a completely dominant Saracens side. In 3 of the last 4 years, they’ve lost the Premiership Rugby final to Saracens. Although, they did win the title in 2016/17 and they’ll be hoping to repeat that feat. Almost in the opposite fashion to Saracens, Exeter seem to play their best rugby in the regular season. Could we see a change in strategy that makes sure their best players are at full fitness for the semi finals, and hopefully the finals? It could be the difference between Exeter losing again or finally ending the recent Saracens dominance.
Last Season’s Finish - 3rd
Director Of Rugby - David Humphreys
Captain - Willi Heinz
Bet UK’s Predicted Finish - 3rd
Gloucester hold the title of the ‘best of the rest’ as they sit in 3rd place just behind the dominant Saracens and Exeter Chiefs. It was a big step up from their previous finish of 7th, and was the first time they had reached the playoffs since 2011. Gloucester clearly found a winning formula last year and have kept the squad mostly similar, bringing in just 5 new faces as well as a few new academy graduates. They should still be in the playoffs but will they be able to break into the top 2? It’s unlikely, but if any team can do it, it will be Gloucester.
Last Season’s Finish - 5th
Director Of Rugby - Paul Gustard
Captain - Chris Robshaw
Bet UK’s Predicted Finish - 6th
Harlequins bounced back from a poor 17/18 season to finish 5th last year. They were also successful in Europe, reaching the semi finals of the Challenge Cup, proving that last season was an actual leap in quality, rather than a fluke. 15 players were brought in during the summer to try and take another step in the right direction. 7 of those players have Premiership Rugby experience and that could be a key decision from the Harlequins recruitment team. They still aren’t as good as the team that reached three straight playoffs between 2012-2014, but they could sneak into that top 4.
Last Season’s Finish - 11th
Director Of Rugby - Geordan Murphy
Captain - Tom Youngs
Bet UK’s Predicted Finish - 7th
Leicester Tigers struggled last season and management clearly wanted a change this summer with a huge squad overload. 22 players left and 22 players replaced them at Welford Road as Leicester look for a huge improvement on last year. Bet UK’s online betting odds currently has them as finishing 7th in the Premiership, but would that be good enough for Leicester? After a huge summer of recruitment, surely anything less than a play off place will be considered a failure by those at the club. It will be an interesting season for Leicester either way and they’ll definitely be a team to keep an eye on this year.
Last Season’s Finish - 1st (RFU Championship)
Director Of Rugby - Declan Kidney
Captain - Kieran McCarthy
Bet UK’s Predicted Finish - 11th
London Irish are this year’s newly promoted side and are unsurprisingly huge outsiders to win the 19/20 Gallagher Premiership. London Irish are back in the top flight after just 1 season in the RFU Championship. They managed to keep a core of their players following relegation and dominated the Championship on their way to 99 points. With 5 players retiring in the summer and a further 3 being released, there are plenty of new faces at London Irish. But compared to team’s like Leicester, the team is largely similar and that will be something that Irish look to as they aim to survive their first season back in the Premiership.
Last Season’s Finish - 4th
Director Of Rugby - Chris Boyd
Captains - Dylan Hartley and Alex Waller
Bet UK’s Predicted Finish - 4th
Even after a year of Chris Boyd at Northampton, the Saints are still riding the high of his 2018 appointment. They won their first cup for 5 years last year with a Premiership Rugby Cup success and made the playoffs for the first time in 4 years. Chris Boyd has used his knowledge of rugby down under to sign two players from Hurricanes, his old New Zealand side. Boyd clearly knows the kind of rugby side he wants to build with Northampton and has been given the reigns to do as he pleases. Even if this year isn’t the year that they win the title, Northampton are undoubtedly a team to watch over the next few years.
Last Season’s Finish - 7th
Director Of Rugby - Steve Diamond
Captain - Jono Ross
Bet UK’s Predicted Finish - 5th
Going of Bet UK’s odd to win the Premiership title, Sale Sharks are one of the sides expected to improve on last season’s finish. Bet UK has Sale finishing just outside of the playoff places, which is 2 places better off than last year. Last year, they were one of a group of 3 teams that finished within a point of each other. If they can turn their two draws into wins this year, than a play off push is completely realistic.
Last Season’s Finish - Winners
Director Of Rugby - Mark McCall
Captain - Brad Barritt
Bet UK’s Predicted Finish - Winners
Last season’s Champions are again fancied to win the Premiership title. Saracens have been the best team in the Premiership for the last 5 years, winning the title in 4 of the last 5 seasons. Despite their dominance however, Saracens have only finished top of the Premiership table once since 2014. Mark McCall has clearly drilled into his players the importance of the post season fixtures, meaning they can slightly take their foot off the gas for the regular season. Whilst there might be some shocks in the regular season, as soon as we reach the semi’s you would be brave to bet against Saracens. They are favourites for a reason and it would be a shock if they don’t lift the trophy at Twickenham again.
Last Season’s Finish - 8th
Director Of Rugby - Dai Young
Captain - Joe Launchbury
Bet UK’s Predicted Finish - 8th
Wasps don’t look like threatening the playoffs this season and could be viewing the 19/20 season as a time for transition. Dai Young has decided to promote 8 players from the Wasps academy, the joint most in the league, and without any major additions it would be a shock to see Wasps at the top of the table. After 3 impressive years between 2016-2018, Wasps fell off last year and it has presented the perfect opportunity for Young to bring together a whole new era of Wasps rugby. We aren’t expecting Wasps to get relegated, but a mid table finish looks inevitable.
Last Season’s Finish - 10th
Director Of Rugby - Alan Solomons
Captain - GJ van Velze
Bet UK’s Predicted Finish - 12th
According to Bet UK’s rugby betting odds, Worcester Warriors are the complete outsiders in the Premiership Rugby. Led by veteran Alan Solomons, Worcester Warriors will be hoping to reach the playoffs for the first time in their history this season. Since joining the league, Worcester haven’t finished higher than 8th and have often just aimed at surviving. This season looks like being no different, with even newly promoted London Irish being half the price of Worcester’s 200/1 to win the Premiership. There’s only 11 new faces at Worcester, one of the lowest numbers in the Premiership. Worcester will be hoping that the old faces will take a step up, rather than completely relying on new talent.
*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting markets correct at the time of writing.
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