Here are my picks for this week’s games in the Guinness Premiership – another tricky week with a number of understrength teams.
A difficult week this week, and it’s feasible that I could get every single game wrong, but hopefully that’s an indication of the competitiveness of the Guinness Premiership rather than any reflection on me.
After Sale’s narrow victory over Wasps last week and their defeat to Worcester the week before, I’ve predicted an away win by the impressive Tigers – with some internationals returning it can further unsettle a squad, and although it’s a fairly evenly matched fixture, I fancy Leicester to take the points.
In Newcastle, I can see Wasps ending their drought – what better team for Shaun Edwards’ men to face than the Falcons given their recent thrashing by Worcester?
The Cherry and Whites will take confidence from their comprehensive victory over rivals Bristol last week and should beat Northampton at Kingsholm.
I’ve gone for a London Irish away win at Bristol, another London success with Harlequins beating Bath and still flying high near the top of the table, whilst in the final game, I think the Warriors will continue their fine run and claim a narrow away victory over Saracens at Vicarage Road.
Game 43: Sale Sharks v Leicester Tigers: Leicester Tigers by 7
Game 44: Newcastle Falcons v London Wasps: London Wasps by 5
Game 45: Gloucester Rugby v Northampton Saints: Gloucester Rugby by 11
Game 46: Bristol Rugby v London Irish: London Irish by 9
Game 47: Harlequins v Bath Rugby: Harlequins by 7
Game 48: Saracens v Worcester Warriors: Worcester Warriors by 5