15-10-2023 Daily Predictions Gallagher Premiership Sale Sharks vs Northampton Saints

Sale Sharks vs Northampton Saints

The Sale Sharks welcome the Northampton Saints to the AJ Bell Stadium for the last of the opening round matches in the Gallagher Premiership. The hosts will be looking to go one better this season after they lost in the final to Saracens. Both teams have been depleted with national call ups while the Sharks have lost the services of some key personnel like Akker Van Der Merwe. They do however possess an exciting backline with the likes of Joe Carpenter and Tom Roebuck. The Saints have been one of the most entertaining teams in the last two seasons, scoring the most points but unfortunately, they also concede plenty of points.

TIP: There is bound to be rustiness in the first match of the season and this should suit the home side as they enjoy playing a forward dominated game. The Saints on the other hand will be looking for their usual high tempo game but that may not gel as it is the first match of the season. The Sharks will be looking to the Du Preez brothers to get them over the advantage line and to provide a platform for their backline. The bookies have Sale Sharks as favorites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.25, Gbets 1.26 and Hollywoodbets 1.25


Sale Sharks vs Northampton Saints

  • Sale Sharks have won three of the last four matches between the sides.
  • The Saints won the last match between the sides 38-34.

Latest results for both teams

This is the first match of the new season.


Both teams will be looking for a morale boosting win to start their campaign although the home team are the clear favourites. One of the stars of last season for the Sharks was Gus Warr although he finds himself on the bench for this one as England international Raffi Quirke returns from a lengthy injury. The Saints have arguably the most exciting backline in the league with the likes of Tommy Freeman and Rory Hutchinson. The Sharks will look to overpower the Saints forwards and prevent any front foot ball for them to attack with. The power of the home teams pack, makes me predict a Sharks win by more than 10 points.

Probable Starting XVs

Sale Sharks

15 Joe Carpenter, 14 Tom Roebuck, 13 Sam James, 12 Sam Bedlow, 11 Tom O’Flaherty, 10 Rob du Preez (c), 9 Raffi Quirke, 8 Dan du Preez, 7 Sam Dugdale, 6 Jean-Luc du Preez, 5 Jonny Hill, 4 Ernst van Rhyn, 3 Nick Schonert, 2 Tommy Taylor, 1 Si McIntyre

Northampton Saints  

15 George Hendy, 14 Tommy Freeman, 13 Fraser Dingwall (c), 12 Rory Hutchinson, 11 James Ramm, 10 Fin Smith, 9 Tom James, 8 Sam Graham, 7 Tom Pearson, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Alex Coles, 4 Alex Moon, 3 Trevor Davison, 2 Curtis Langdon, 1 Ethan Waller

Odds for this bet

The best odds on the Sale Sharks victory are as follows:

Betway 1.25

Gbets 1.26

Hollywoodbets 1.25

Odds comparison on the Sale Sharks handicap:

The complete odds on the Sale Sharks handicap:

Betway 1.90 (-9.5)

Gbets 1.87 (-9.5)

Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-9.5)

Predictions and Odds in details

There are poor returns on the Sale Sharks outright win therefore we suggest backing the home team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (-9.5),Gbets 1.87 (-9.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-9.5)

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