Exeter Chiefs vs Sale Sharks
Both these teams come into this match desperate for points as the race for the semifinals intensify. Chiefs had a last minute win over the Saints in their last match while the Sharks conceded a late converted try to draw their match with London Irish. The home team are in fourth position on the log with 50 points while the visitors are in sixth position with 46 points but do have a game in hand. Sale are unbeaten in their last five league matches which is the longest run in the league at present.
TIP: The Chiefs are also finding form at the right time as they have won their last three matches. Both the teams in this match have very similar playing styles as they both like to keep the ball among their forwards. The Chiefs will be boosted by the return of Scotland’s captain Stuart Hogg. The Sale team also had good news with Raffi Quirke starting after an injury break. The bookies have the Chiefs as slight favourites but I tip Sale for the upset win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting 2.50, Playabets 2.46 and Sunbet 2.20
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Exeter Chiefs vs Sale Sharks
- The Chiefs have won four of the last four matches between these sides.
- The Chiefs have won eight of their last nine home matches against the Sharks.
- Sale have lost the last three games against the Chiefs.
Latest results for both teams
The Chiefs won their last match 34-31 against the Saints while Sale drew 27-27 against London Irish in their last match.
The Chiefs have reached the final of the Premiership for the last five seasons and this success was built on the forward pack and more especially their driving maul. This season they have struggled because they have been unable to dominate teams up front. The Sharks play the same way but also have great attacking players like powerhouse centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg. The other player that is having a great season for them is Tom Roebuck. He is their leading try scorer this season. I am predicting a Sharks win by 5 points.
- Probable Starting XVs
15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Olly Woodburn, 13 Ian Whitten, 12 Tom Hendrickson, 11 Tom O’Flaherty, 10 Joe Simmonds, 9 Sam Maunder, 8 Richard Capstick, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Dave Ewers, 5 Sam Skinner, 4 Jannes Kirsten, 3 Marcus Street, 2 Jack Yeandle (c), 1 Alec Hepburn
15 Sam James, 14 Tom Roebuck, 13 Robert du Preez, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Arron Reed, 10 AJ MacGinty, 9 Raffi Quirke, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jono Ross (c), 6 Jean-Luc du Preez, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Cobus Wiese, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Ewan Ashman, 1 Bevan Rodd
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Sale Sharks victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Sale Sharks handicap :
The complete odds on the Sale Sharks handicap:
Worldsportsbetting (+3.5.5) 2.00
Sunbet (+2.5) 2.02
Playabets (+3.5) 1.98
Predictions and Odds in details
This match will be decided by the forwards and the Sale team seem to have the edge in this department especially in the scrums. The man that Exeter will look for inspiration is Stuart Hogg, if he has a great game then the Chiefs will win this match. The Sharks forwards are dominated by Springbok players and if they can dominate the Exeter pack then the away team will win. There are great odds on the Sharks upset win but if you are looking for a safety bet then I suggest Sharks on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (+3.5.5) 2.00, Sunbet (+2.5) 2.02 and Playabets (+3.5) 1.98
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