These festive fixtures are great as there are always big crowds with everyone going home for Christmas. I’ve not headed home but am in Thailand but that doesn’t stop me from letting you have my predictions.
Here is my video with my Gallagher Premiership Round 11 Predictions:
Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs – Exeter Chiefs by 10
Exeter might have suffered a couple of defeats recently but they are still one of the top two sides in the country. They showed that as they bounced back with a TBP win over Saracens last weekend. Saints are not the other one despite their good victory last weekend. You have to expect a relatively comfortable away win.
Gloucester Rugby v Sale Sharks – Gloucester Rugby by 7
Gloucester have shown themselves to be the only team that’s really chasing the top two. That means they will need to get this win against Sale who have actually found some form recently. Sale though still don’t have an away win in the Premiership this season and I can’t see it happening away at Gloucester.
Saracens v Worcester Warriors – Saracens by 15
Saracens are that other top two team in the country. No one goes there expecting to pick up a victory. Worcester will be lucky to take anything away from this game. I’m expecting a home TBP win here.
Harlequins v Wasps – Harlequins by 3
This is the most interesting game of the round with 5th hosting 4th in the table both sat on 24 points. Whoever wins this will put themselves in a good position heading in to 2019. Champions Cup qualification will be the minimum target from here and they will be in the driving seat for that 4th playoff spot. I think home advantage will be what rules the day.
Bath v Leicester Tigers – Bath by 5
Both these sides got important wins last weekend to both build moral and pull them into mid-table. Maybe the permanent appointment of Geordan Murphy has helped Tigers moral. I’ll admit to be surprised by it as as things hadn’t been going well under him as the interim boss. Bath are really struggling to score points, with only Sharks and Falcons having scored less. That obviously makes it hard to win games so expect a tight one.
Bristol v Newcastle Falcons – Bristol by 5
The way the results went last weekend this has turned into a real relegation contest. Falcons had just pulled themselves close to the pack until they came up against a really tough couple of fixtures. Gloucester at home and Bristol away. Bristol are a real handful at home as teams like Exeter have found out. I think Falcons are going to come up short and finish the year at the bottom of the table.
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