Last week I managed a disappointing 3 out of 6, with Northampton, Bristol and Worcester all winning unexpectedly.
Those results mean that Newcastle are almost certainly relegated, Gloucester are in the playoffs and only the last playoff spot and the top 6 are really left to be contested.
Here are my predictions for this weekend’s matches.
Bristol v Sale
Having secured their Premiership status, Bristol are actually in with a shout of making the top 6, and this match is crucial against Sale, who currently occupy 6th. With wins over Saracens and Leicester in the past couple of rounds, I expect them to beat Sale at home. Bristol by 6
Harlequins v Tigers
Quins are having a dreadful run of form, losing games they should be winning, but surely they’ll win this one against the out-of-sorts Tigers. Scoring four tries would be handy too. Harlequins by 7
Gloucester v Newcastle
I’ll be at Kingsholm for this one, and expect to see the Falcons condemned to Championship rugby next season. It’s do or die for Newcastle, but it really has been for the last few weeks, and they haven’t. Gloucester by 16
Northampton v Worcester
With the Warriors’ safety confirmed last week, I suspect they might have had a few beers and an easier week of training ahead of this one, and with the Saints in pole position for the playoffs, they should stroll this. Northampton by 18
Saracens v Exeter
A repeat of last year’s final and a prelude to this year’s climax. Both teams have looked slightly off the boil over the last few weeks, and Sarries might have one eye on the Champions Cup final, but with home advantage and the importance of striking a blow before the real thing at the end of May, I’m backing Saracens. Saracens by 4
Bath v Wasps
Two teams that have disappointed this year, but both on the verge of qualifying for Europe nevertheless. Bath did the double over Wasps in Europe this season, and playing at the Rec, they ought to be favourites. Bath by 7
Which ones do you disagree with?