Sorry for missing a few rounds of predictions for the Premiership, but I’m back now for the run-in.
This actually reflects my excitement in the tournament over the course of the season – following it very closely to begin with, then lose interest a little as the Six Nations and Europe take centre stage, and then pick it up again for the closing stages. It might just be me…
Anyway, here are my picks for this weekend’s Premiership matches.
Newcastle v Leicester
This is huge in the context of relegation, and although Leicester have won four of the last five against the Falcons, I think they start as underdogs at Kingston Park. They seem to be in freefall, whilst their hosts have been showing significantly better form. Newcastle by 7
Gloucester v Bath
Gloucester have won just one of these derbies since 2016, but they are having a great season and gearing up for the playoffs, whilst Bath are struggling to win away from the Rec. Gloucester by 8
Harlequins v Northampton
Quins sit in 4th place despite having lost their last three matches, but they need to turn that form around with the chasing pack closing the gap. This looks like a good opportunity to do so – the home side has won this match on the last six occasions, and I’ll be at The Stoop for this one to see a Quins victory. Harlequins by 4
Worcester v Sale
Another big relegation game, and it’s not looking good for Worcester. Their record against Sale is abysmal – one win in the last twelve – and their opponents are pushing for a place in the playoffs, and will be targeting these points. Sale by 6
Bristol v Saracens
Sarries have slipped off the pace a little to let Exeter get away at the top, but they should win this one if they are title contenders. Saracens by 13
Exeter v Wasps
This looks like a straightforward home win as Exeter continue the procession at the top of the table and Wasps continue to look fairly average. Exeter by 16
What do you think of these predictions?
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