Gallagher Premiership 2018/19: Round 2 Predictions

Gallagher Premiership

It was a great opening win for Bristol last week, albeit an incorrect prediction for me on Superbru. I was one of the 81% that picked Bath, but I did manage all the other results, and hopefully this weekend will yield a GSP for a full house of picks.

Here are my Gallagher Premiership predictions for Round 2.

Northampton v Harlequins
Having not seen the game at the Stoop, I can’t tell how well Quins played compared to how badly Sale performed, but this will be a big test for them. This fixture is usually won by the home side, and Quins haven’t won at Franklin’s Gardens since 2012, so whilst a victory this weekend could set them on course for a strong season, I also think it’s unlikely. Northampton by 4

Wasps v Exeter
Wasps were fortunate to avoid defeat at Sixways last weekend, whilst the Chiefs annihilated the Tigers to precipitate Matt O’Connor’s departure after just one match of the season. Not many teams win at the Ricoh though, so I’m in two minds – my first instinct was to pick Exeter though, so let’s go with that. Exeter by 2

Leicester v Newcastle
The Tigers are in turmoil having sacked their coach already, and they looked under-prepared for the season, out of shape and struggling against the Chiefs last weekend. The Falcons were last year’s surprise package, and Dean Richards will have prepared his team for the season much more effectively, and may just relish returning to his old club to land another blow. Newcastle by 6

Saracens v Bristol
A great win for the Bears over Bath last weekend, and I’d love to see them stay up, but we must remember that London Irish also won their first match last year. Playing away at Saracens will be a different story, and it’s surely beyond the newly-promoted side to beat the Champions at their own ground. Saracens by 23

Bath v Gloucester
Two West Country derbies in a row for Bath, and this one has added importance after their defeat in Bristol last weekend. The pressure is already on for their first home game of the season, and fans at the Rec wouldn’t be able to stomach being beaten by rivals Gloucester. The away side had a good win over Northampton last weekend, and confidence will be high, but their recent record against Bath is poor – just one victory in the last five, and two in the last 11, so I’m tipping a home win here. Bath by 7

Sale v Worcester
It’s early days, but these two teams are likely to feature in the bottom half of the table, and this match is already important. Sale have won 10 of the last 11 matches against Worcester, and have a strong home record, so this should be a win for the home team. Sale by 9

What do you think of these predictions?

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7 thoughts on “Gallagher Premiership 2018/19: Round 2 Predictions

  1. Largely agree, but there are two places where I differ.

    As much as it is the Ricoh, Exeter looked clinical and Wasps look vulnerable having to rely on what effectively would be their third choice fly half for the season, think Exeter will win comfortably, easily a double figure margin.

    And yes, history has Saints as the favourites, but if Quins can reproduce the anywhere near the form that put 50 past Sale then I think they will take this, I’ve gone Quins by 7!

    1. In terms of how good were Quins vs how bad were Sale, I’ve only seen highlights but thought that Quins were good, some of their interplay and speed through the gain line looked very sharp and I think would have troubled a few defences from across the premiership.

  2. last week i manged to get 3 calls right!
    Some of these games could go either way, such is the way early season when things have yet to fully settle down.
    I’m going for home wins across the board, bar Exeter who will eke out a narrow win at Wasps.

  3. Personally think that if Northampton had been a bit more clinical last week, they might have won, so definitely favouring them this week.

    Surely wasps form over the last few seasons has to go down to Cipriani to a reasonable degree. Exeter were just a bulldozer last week and can’t see that changing.

    As bad as Leicester were last week, am always reluctant to back Newcastle away from home. have gone Tigers by a small margin but wouldn’t be surprised by a Newks win.

    Sarries by large margin too.

    It will be interesting to see how deep the problems run with Bath. Have gone for a Glos win but then I would wouldn’t I.

    Sale at home is normally a banker.

    1. I’ve gone for a Bath win but only because it is too early in the season for the I’ll back the opposition on Superbru so at least I’ll be in some way happy with the result either way round, I still have hope that those problems don’t run deep!

      1. Definitely no problems at Bath, I think that I can probably sample a piece of humble pie for my call on that one. A draw was probably about fair although I guess both of us will have come away disappointed!


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