Premiership Rugby Week 8 Preview

Premiership Rugby Week 8 Betting Preview

As we head into the New Year, there is still plenty of rugby union to look forward to in the 19/20 season. We aren’t even at the halfway mark yet, and it already feels like there have been plenty of storylines so far this season. 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.

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Sale Sharks v Harlequins - Friday 3rd January 7:45pm

Bet On Sale v Harlequins

Sale Sharks - 4/13 To Win

Sale nearly completed an unlikely comeback away at Bath last week, but ultimately fell to a late penalty in a 16-14 loss. In a quiet first half, Bath scored 2 penalties without reply to take a 6-0 lead into halftime. Just 5 minutes into the season half however, Jonathan Joseph found his way over the white line, and following a successful conversion, the home side’s lead was extended to 13 points. The large deficit seemed to spark Sale into life, with 2 quick tries coming within 5 minutes of each other. With 2 conversions from Daniel Du Preez, the game was suddenly on its head. As Sale now tried to defend their lead, Bath’s Rhys Priestland scored what would turn out to be the winning penalty with 10 minutes later, completing an end to end game. The result put Bath above Sale, but just one point separates the sides in the packed middle of the Premiership Rugby table.

Harlequins - 51/20 To Win

A home game against struggling Leicester Tigers would have been exactly what Harlequins would have wanted, but they failed to take advantage of their visitors poor form. Penalties were exchanged early on, with Leicester taking a 6-3 lead after 24 minutes. A strong finish to the opening 40 saw Quins take the lead though, taking a 13-6 lead into the break. The second half finished as the first one ended - with plenty of points being scored. Kyle Eastmond grabbed an early try for the visitors, before Harlequins hit back through Marcus Smith and Chris Robshaw. The home side would only score 3 more points however, with Leicester controlling the remaining 25 minutes. Jordan Taufua and Telusa Veainu scored either side of a George Ford penalty to bring the scores level at 30-30, a result that suited Leicester more than Quins. Harlequins now face a tough trip to Sale where any close result will be welcomed.

Wasps v Northampton Saints - Sunday 5th January 3:00pm

Bet On Wasps v Northampton

Wasps - 6/5 To Win

A second half flurry of tries was enough to give Wasps a shock lead away at Bristol last weekend. An uneventful first half saw no tries, and just the solitary penalty for Bristol, sending them in 3-0 up at the break. Wasps clearly had an effective half time team talk however and came out of the blocks firing. In the 42nd minute, Jacob Umaga opened the floodgates for the visitors with his try. Charles Piutau hit back with a try of his own for Bristol who threatened to open up a lead, but two quickfire Wasps tries quickly put them back in the driving seat. Again Bristol fought back again, but Nizaam Carr ensured Wasps would be finishing 2019 on top. His 78th minute try, followed by a successful conversion from Umaga gave Wasps an unlikely 26-21 win.

Northampton Saints - ⅔ To Win

We predicted last week that Northampton v Gloucester might be one of the games of the weekend and we certainly weren’t let down. Gloucester started the game on top, taking a 7-0 lead within the opening 10 minutes. Northampton showed why they should be at the top end of the table however, scoring 20 unanswered points either side of the half time break. Chris Harris ended Northampton’s dominant run, but Cobus Reibach’s second try of the day quickly gave the Saints the advantage again. That was the end of the try scoring for Northampton, with Gloucester grabbing two more to bring a close end to the match. It was down to kicker Piers Francis to maintain Northampton’s lead, which he comfortably did with 2 late penalties. The final score was 33-26, a result that put Northampton just 1 point from Exeter at the top of the table.

The Rest Of The Week 8 Fixtures

Leicester Tigers (20/43) v Bristol Bears (17/10) - Saturday 4th January 1:00pm

Bet On Leicester v Bristol

Leicester fought bravely to rescue a 30-30 draw away at Harlequins last weekend. They came from behind throughout the match and looked impressive in the second half. Could this be the turning point they’ve needed this season? Bristol on the other hand would have been disappointed with their home loss against Wasps. The Bears haven’t been as impressive lately as they were at the start of the season, and might struggle against a Leicester side boosted by that late comeback.

Saracens (1/100) v Worcester Warriors (21/2) - Saturday 4th January 3:00pm

Bet On Saracens v Worcester

On paper, this should be a whitewash but both sides have had plenty of unexpected events so far this season. Saracens still sit at the foot of the table and failed to score any points for 78 minutes away at Exeter last time out. For a dominant Saracens’ side, coming so close to a complete whitewash would have been disappointing. For Worcester however, their impressive season continued with a dominant home win against London Irish, keeping them comfortably away from any relegation talk. Still though, anything other than a Saracens home win would be a shock here.

Gloucester (20/59) v Bath (9/4) - Saturday 4th January 3:00pm

Bet On Gloucester v Bath

Gloucester might have lost their game at Northampton, but there will still be plenty of positives for the side to take away from the game. They still scored 26 points away at one of the league's best sides, and look like they could be a top, top team with just a couple of minor changes. Bath have actually won more games than Gloucester this season, but find themselves a point behind their opponents heading into Saturday’s match. They held off Sale for an impressive win at home last weekend. This will be a tight match and could be decided on one mistake from either side.

London Irish (15/4) v Exeter Chiefs (1/6) - Saturday 5th January 2:30pm

Bet On London Irish v Exeter

Each week, we say that London Irish are in danger of being drawn into a relegation battle, but results always seem to go their way. Even after a tryless loss against Worcester, London Irish are 6 points clear of struggling Leicester. They will need a huge shock this weekend if they are to have any chance of a win however. Exeter have once again shown they are the side to beat in the Premiership this season, before we reach the Premiership Rugby Final anyways. Chiefs easily beat Saracens last weekend, and with Sarries seemingly out of the playoff picture, surely this should be Exeter’s year?

*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting markets correct at the time of writing.

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