As the season nears its climax, there are more and more things to consider when making picks on SportGuru – who is still in Europe, which sides are in contention for playoffs, the relegation battle and so on.
First up, I’m backing Sale to confirm their safety with a home win against London Irish tonight – they beat Gloucester last week, and another win should see them safe.
However, I’m expecting both Newcastle and Leeds to be beaten, with that relegation race going to the wire. Carnegie have a chance against the out-of-form Wasps, but I still fancy a home win.
Bath v Quins is a very tricky call, with the away team coming into form, and both sides looking for a Heineken Cup place next season. I’ve gone for home advantage, but this game is bound to be tight.
Then next week, there’s the rearranged Gloucester v Northampton fixture, which could well decide 3rd and 4th place. I’d expect Bryan Redpath to rest a few players for the Tigers fixture given their schedule with 3 matches in 8 days, and this is the one they’ll be targeting – a big home win in front of the Kingsholm faithful?
Here are my SportGuru predictions for this weekend’s Aviva Premiership fixtures:
Sale Sharks v London Irish: Sale Sharks by 5
Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints: Northampton Saints by 13
Bath v Harlequins: Bath by 5
Exeter Chiefs v Saracens: Saracens by 9
Leicester Tigers v Gloucester Rugby: Leicester Tigers by 10
London Wasps v Leeds Carnegie: London Wasps by 8
Gloucester Rugby v Northampton Saints: Gloucester Rugby by 5