Gallagher Premiership 2019/20: Round 4 Predictions

Gallagher Premiership

After the revelations this week regarding Saracens’ breach of the salary cap, I wondered whether to bother with these predictions.

The integrity of the tournament has been totally undermined, it’s not a level playing field, and in that context, is there really any point in following it?

If Saracens had put their hands up and apologised, promising to change their ways, I might feel better about it – but they are appealing and continuing to pretend they are doing nothing wrong, despite it being something of an open secret that they are flouting the rules.

Anyway, with a huge cloud hanging over English rugby, here are my predictions for Round 4.

Sale v Wasps
I’m leaning towards Wasps at home in this one, even though the away team has won the last two meetings. Plus Sale thrashed London Irish, who beat Wasps. Sale by 4

Bath v Northampton
Normally I’d pick the home team, but the Saints have started the season well and it is making me think. Six of the last eight meetings have been decided by 4 points or fewer, so it’s likely to be close. Bath by 2

Gloucester v Saracens
This could be a feisty one, with Saracens likely to face an extremely hostile crowd at Kingsholm. For all their cheating, they haven’t won there since 2015, and with morale likely to be extremely low, I’m picking the home side. Gloucester by 13

Harlequins v Worcester
This is a match that Quins have to win if they are to contend at the right end of the table. Harlequins by 6

London Irish v Leicester
Last week’s win over Gloucester will give the Tigers some confidence, and they ought to be too strong for the newly-promoted exiles. Leicester by 8

Exeter v Bristol
The Bears sit 2nd in the table after three weeks, but a trip to Sandy Park is not easy and they’ve never beaten the Chiefs in the Premiership. Exeter by 9

What do you think of these picks?

3 thoughts on “Gallagher Premiership 2019/20: Round 4 Predictions

  1. Have gone for a narrow Northampton win and a narrow Gloucester win, but am really worried that the whole cheating thing may stir Sarries to a good performance. Certainly the Shed has plans for a few comments on the situation…. Hope that doesn’t backfire.

  2. That didn’t go too well for Glaws. Saracens clearly riled up and looked dominant, even with their B-team out.
    Great win for Bristol, to come from behind at Sandy park is something. Really exciting finish.
    And how did Bath manage that, after going a man down on 48 minutes against the Saints.
    The prem this year is mental, not sure anyone can predict with great accuracy what will happen next.

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