Northampton Saints vs Bayonne
The Northampton Saints welcome Bayonne to Franklin Gardens for this match in the Champions Cup. The home team have been in superb form this season and are currently top of the Premiership in England and top of this group with two wins. They will be heavily favoured to make it three wins in three as the visitors are likely to send an under strength team. Bayonne shocked the rugby world in the first round when they held Irish giants Munster to a draw at Thomond Park. The Saints biggest enemy could be complacency and they will do well to stick to their normal game plan.
TIP: Northampton have never had a problem scoring points in the last few seasons but their Achilles heel has been their defence. They had the worst defence in the Premiership last season but all that has changed as they look a different side in defence. Bayonne have the best defensive record in the group so we could possibly have a low scoring match. The match will be decided in the backs and the Saints have the major advantage in this area. The bookies have the Northampton as favorites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.06 Gbets 1.07 and Hollywoodbets 1.06
Northampton Saints vs Bayonne
- This is the first ever match between the teams.
Latest results for both teams
Northampton Saints beat Bayonne 42-36 in their last match while Bayonne lost 24-23 to Bordeaux in their last match.
The Saints will be brimming with confidence after they produced the comeback of the season in their last match against Exeter Chiefs. They were 26-0 down before they stormed back to win 42-36. Bayonne may well send a weakened team as they rest their top players to concentrate on their Top 14 relegation battle. The home team will be looking for a fast start from their explosive backline that includes the likes of George Furbank and Ollie Sleightholme. The latter was the hero in the last match with a hattrick of tries. The potent pack of the Saints coupled with their brilliant backline makes me predict a home win by more than 20 points.
Probable Starting XVs
15 George Furbank (captain), 14 Ollie Sleightholme, 13 Tommy Freeman, 12 Fraser Dingwall, 11 George Hendy , 10 Fin Smith, 9 Alex Mitchell, 8 Sam Graham, 7 Angus Scott-Young, 6 Courtney Lawes, 5 Alex Moon, 4 Tom Lockett, 3 Paul Hill, 2 Curtis Langdon, 1 Alex Waller.
15 Cheikh Tiberghien, 14 Bastien Pourailly, 13 Peyo Muscarditz, 12 Riko Buliruarua, 11 Rémy Baget, 10 Thomas Dolhagaray, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Rodrigo Bruni, 7 Baptiste Heguy, 6 Pierre Huguet, 5 Kote Mikautadze, 4 Denis Marchois, 3 Tevita Tatafu, 2 Facundo Bosch, 1 Matis Perchaud
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Northampton victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Northampton handicap:
The complete odds on the Northampton handicap:
Betway 1.90 (-18.5)
Gbets 1.87 (-18.5)
Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-18.5)
Predictions and Odds in details
There are poor odds on the Northampton outright win but if you are looking for better odds then we suggest backing the home team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (-18.5), Gbets 1.87 (-18.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-18.5)
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