Northampton Saints vs Newcastle
Northampton welcome Newcastle to Franklin Gardens for this final round of Premiership rugby before the international break. There could not be a bigger contrast between the two teams as the home side are top of the log while the visitors are firmly rooted to he bottom spot. Northampton have paid the price for their outstanding season with as many as six players getting national call ups for the Six Nations. This should offer some sort of hope to the Falcons as they are still seeking their first victory of the season although the Saints squad has great depth.
TIP: The Falcons have looked good in parts of matches but have struggled to put together an eighty-minute performance this season. Their bench has been a major problem as the run on XV have kept them in games, only for the opposition to pull away in the last quarter. The Saints have improved their defence tenfold this season and this is the main reason for their success. Their attack as been on fire but it remains to be seen how they perform without their star players. The bookies have 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 Newcastle
- Northampton have won the last seven matches between the sides.
- Newcastle last beat the Saints in 2021.
- Latest results for both teams
Northampton beat Munster 26-23 in their last match while Newcastle beat Perpignan 32-23 in their last match.
The Saints will however be delighted that their stalwart Courtney Lawes will be available after his international retirement. They will need his leadership in the absence of so many key players. Newcastle have had only one shining light in a disastrous campaign and that is flyer Adam Radwan. He is one of the only out and out speed merchant in England and will be disappointed not to be involved in Six Nations duty. The home team have the best attacking backline in the league but they also have one of the best rolling mauls as well. Despite key players missing, I still predict a home win by 20 points.
Probable Starting XVs
- 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 (-16.5)
Gbets 1.87 (-16.5)
Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-16.5)
- Predictions and Odds in details
There are poor odds on the Northampton outright win therefore we suggest backing the home team on the handicap for better odds. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (-16.5), Gbets 1.87 (-16.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-16.5)
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