Written 24th January 2020
Premiership Rugby Week 9 Betting Preview
After nearly a three week wait, Premiership Rugby is back for week 9 of the 19/20 season. The confirmation that Saracens have accepted relegation from the Premiership after their salary cap scandal will be a sigh of relief for sides down the bottom of the table whilst the battle between Exeter Chiefs and Northampton Saints looks to be heating up ahead of their battle in week 11. However, before that we have our Premiership Rugby betting tips where we will be providing our previews for the biggest games of the week. 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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Northampton Saints v London Irish - Friday 24th January 19:45
Last time out Northampton survived a late scare against Wasps after a penalty try gave the Coventry-based side the lead with just 11 minutes to go. However, late heroics from Taqele Naiyaravoro gave Northampton the win despite being down to 13 men due to a Tom Collins Red Card and Cobus Reinach being sent to the sin-bin. You could have been forgiven for thinking that Northampton had the tie won after securing an 18-point lead at one point but Wasps showed incredible courage to provide a comeback that would have deflated most sides. However, in order to win the Premiership, sides need to have fantastic courage and if that was ever in question, it certainly isn’t now.
London Irish were severely overpowered last time out against their opponents’ title rivals, Exeter Chiefs. Irish conceded more points than they have in the Premiership since May 2018 as Exeter scored three tries in seven minutes to put the game beyond doubt by the end of the first half. Irish didn’t go down without a fight, however, scoring two tries in 5 minutes to lift the Madejski stadium into believing a comeback may be possible, until three minutes later when Scrum-half Stuart Townsend converted to extend the gap far beyond the reach of the Irish.
Harlequins v Saracens - Sunday 26th January 15:00
Harlequins fans will want to forget what happened last time out as they succumbed to a 48-10 defeat to Sale Sharks which was their first defeat in three Premiership games. Sunday’s hosts actually took the lead when Gabriel Ibitoye scored the first try of the game and Marcus Smith dispatched the conversion. However, five minutes later the Sharks were ahead as Armand Van Der Merwe scored the first of six tries to follow up a Robert Du Preez penalty. Harlequins will have felt like they were still in the game at the halfway point as Smith dispatched a penalty in-between Sale tries from Sam and Luke James. The second half wasn’t pretty from a Harlequins point of view, conceding three more tries and a penalty without reply.
[Saracens - 5/4 to win(/betting/rugby-union/gallagher-premiership/20200126/harlequins-vs-saracens)
Despite their relegation already confirmed, Saracens would be second in the league if it wasn’t for their points deduction. Last time out they demolished Worcester Warriors 62-5 after scoring 10 tries. Top try scorer Ben Earl started the rout on the fifth minute and Saracens had a convincing 31-0 lead at half-time thanks to two tries by Rotimi Segun and one by Brad Barritt and Mako Vunipola. The main news from the Worcester side of things was that Anton Bresler was sin-binned for a dangerous tackle during the half. Saracens showed no mercy in the second half, scoring two tries in the first seven minutes before Ed Fidow replied with a try of his own following an Ollie Laurence chip. However, the reply just seemed to increase the drive of Saracens as Duncan Taylor, Jackson Wray and Elliot Daly all scored tries before the end of the match.
The rest of the week 9 fixtures
Bath Vs Leicester Tigers - Saturday 25th January 15:00
Last time out Bath were the only side not to score a try but they did score five penalties to give themselves a chance against Gloucester. On paper, this should be an easier tie against Leicester Tigers. However, the Tigers looked back to their best against the Bristol Bears and were convincing in their win. Bath have already beaten Exeter Chiefs and Northampton Saints at the Recreation ground and you would back them to add Leicester Tigers to that list.
Bristol Bears v Gloucester - Saturday 25th January 15:00
Bristol Bears fell to their fourth defeat of the season last time out as they were beaten 31-18 by Leicester Tigers despite scoring two tries in three minutes at the start of the second half. They take on a Gloucester side who had lost four of their last five before they defeated Bath 29-15 despite being behind at the break, two quick-fire tries around the hour mark were the difference on this occasion. This one could honestly go either way but with the Bristol Bears having home advantage, they should pick up the win here.
Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks - Saturday 25th January 15:00
As previously mentioned, Exeter Chiefs had a very impressive victory last time out and their last fixture at Sandy Park was a convincing win over Saracens. Meanwhile, Sale Sharks were fantastic in their match against Harlequins but they’ll have to replicate that performance if they want to stand any chance of picking up a win against the league leaders.
Worcester Warriors v Wasps - Saturday 25th January 15:00
Worcester Warriors will be thankful to be back on home turf after scoring a combined total of just eight points in their last two away games. They’ve been fairly strong at Sixways this season and have only lost to Exeter Chiefs there this season. Wasps are fairly poor on the road but did pick up a win on the road against the Bristol Bears in their last away game thanks to the 78th minute by Nizaam Carr. We can’t see them picking up back-to-back away wins.
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