Saracens vs London Irish
Table topping Saracens welcome London Irish to the Stone X Stadium for this match in the Gallagher Premiership. The home team is assured of a home semifinal as the third placed team cannot catch them while the visitors are desperately chasing fourth spot. They are two points behind the Saints who currently occupy that spot although the Exiles have a game in hand. Saracens will be looking to bounce back from their defeat in the last round to the Saints, albeit with a weakened team. London Irish last played almost a month ago and will need to shake of the rustiness very fast.
TIP: Saracens are likely to call their big guns back for this match after they were soundly beaten by La Rochelle on their last outing with all their stars playing. London Irish have been arguably the most exciting team to watch this season with their high tempo, ball in hand approach providing plenty of tries. They will need to improve their defence against a Saracens team also playing very attacking rugby. The bookies have Saracens as favourites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.37, Gbets 1.38 and Hollywoodbets 1.39
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Saracens vs London Irish
- London Irish have won the last two Premiership meetings against Saracens.
- Saracens have not lost at home to London Irish since 2014.
Latest results for both teams
Saracens were beaten 38-29 in their last match against Exeter Chiefs while London Irish beat the Saints 37-22 in their last match.
The Exiles have come back from impossible situations this season but they will want a better start against the league leaders as Saracens very seldom relinquish a lead. The home team have moved away from their kicking based game this season and have shown a tendency to run from deep within their own half which have produced some scintillating tries. They will need to be accurate with this brand of rugby as London Irish are among the best counter attacking teams from turnover ball. The visitors have it all to play for as they chase a place in the semi but Saracens will be too strong for them therefore I predict a home win by 10 points.
Probable Starting XVs
15 Alex Goode, 14 Max Malins, 13 Alex Lozowski, 12 Nick Tompkins, 11 Sean Maitland, 10 Owen Farrell (captain), 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Ben Earl, 6 Nick Isiekwe, 5 Hugh Tizard, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Marco Riccioni, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola.
15 Ben Loader, 14 Lucio Cinti, 13 Will Joseph, 12 Benhard van Rensburg, 11 Ollie Hassell-Collins, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Ben White, 8 So’otala Fa’aso’o, 7 Juan Martin Gonzalez, 6 Matt Rogerson (captain), 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Lovejoy Chawatama, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Facundo Gigena
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Saracens victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Saracens handicap:
The complete odds on the Saracens handicap:
Betway 1.90 (-7.5)
Gbets 1.91 (-7.5)
Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-7.5)
Predictions and Odds in details
There are decent returns on the Sharks outright win but if you looking for better odds then we suggest the home team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (-7.5), Gbets 1.91 (-7.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-7.5)
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