09-01-2022 Daily Predictions Gallagher Premiership Wasps vs Leicester Tigers

Wasps vs Leicester

Wasps welcome Leicester to the Ricoh Arena in this Gallagher Premiership match. The hosts are in eighth position with 24 points while the Tigers are first on the log with 50 points. The visitors are enjoying their best ever start to a league campaign winning their first 11 matches for a perfect start to the season. Wasps continue to be plagued with injuries and will have a mountain to climb against the league leaders. The Tigers have shown that they have undoubtedly the strongest forward pack in the league and will again look to dominate up front.

TIP: The Tigers team rely on their pack to win them games more than any other team and Wasps will know that if they have any chance of winning they will have to stand up to the Tigers pack. Wasps enjoy playing a high tempo running game but have struggled this season with any fluidity in attack and have turned to youngster Charlie Atkinson at ten to help them in attack. The bookies have Leicester as favourites and I also tip them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows:  Worldsportsbetting 1.33, Playabets 1.27 and Sunbet 1.32

HEAD TO HEAD STATS

Wasps vs Leicester

  • Leicester have won four of the last five matches between these sides.
  • Wasps have lost their last two home matches against Leicester
  • Prior to these two home defeats, Wasps had won their previous seven home matches..

Latest results for both teams

Wasps lost their last match 26-18 to Sale while Leicester won their last match  31-0 against the Newcastle Falcons .

PREDICTION

It is very difficult to see Wasps ending the Tigers winning streak as the visitors have looked good in all areas of the field. They have arguably the form ten in the league in George Ford and he has been the driving force behind the Tigers success with his excellent game management in attack and defence. The Tigers all international front row has bailed them out of trouble on more than one occasion this season and Wasps will be severely tested at scrum time. Wasps have a very good loose trio and they must get their team over the advantage line and stop the Tigers from getting quick ball. The Tigers have too much quality and will win this match by 10 points.

  • Probable Starting XVs

Wasps

15 Ali Crossdale, 14 Francois Hougaard, 13 Sam Spink, 12 Jimmy Gopperth, 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Charlie Atkinson, 9 Sam Wolstenholme, 8 Tom Willis, 7 Brad Shields (c), 6 Alfie Barbeary, 5 Elliott Stooke, 4 Vaea Fifita, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Tom Cruse, 1 Tom West

Leicester Tigers

15 Freddie Steward, 14 Harry Potter, 13 Matt Scott, 12 Dan Kelly, 11 Guy Porter, 10 George Ford, 9 Jack van Poortvliet, 8 Ollie Chessum, 7 Tommy Reffell, 6 Harry Wells, 5 Eli Snyman, 4 Calum Green, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Julián Montoya, 1 Ellis Genge (c)

Odds for this bet

The best odds on the Tigers victory are as follows:

Worldsportsbetting 1.33

Playabets 1.27

Sunbet 1.32

Odds comparison on the Tigers handicap   :

The complete odds on the Tigers handicap:

Worldsportsbetting (-9.5) 1.90

Sunbet (-9.5) 1.82

Playabets (-9.5) 1.84

Predictions and Odds in details

Wasps are already 14 points behind the last team in the playoff positions and to have any realistic chance of making the semis they need to win all their remaining home games at the very least. Tigers will want to secure a home semi-final even at this early stage as they are seven points clear at the top with a game in hand. There are decent returns on the Tigers win but I suggest taking them on the handicap for better odds. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (-9.5) 1.90, Sunbet (-9.5) 1.82 and Playabets (-9.5) 1.84

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