28-01-2024 Daily Predictions Gallagher Premiership Gloucester vs Sale Sharks

Gloucester v Sale Sharks

Gloucester play host to Sale in this final Premiership encounter before the international break. The home side are enduring their worst ever run in the league, having lost nine matches in a row. To say they are desperate for a win, would be the understatement of the year. It is exactly the opposite for Gloucester in the Challenge Cup where they have gone through the group stage undefeated. Sale are also going through a difficult patch with just one win from their last four matches. If they are to improve on that recent record, they will have to do it without their talisman George Ford who is on national duty.

TIP: There will be a number of players that will have a point to prove after they were overlooked for the England squad, none more so than Zach Mercer. The number eight has been in excellent form since returning from France but still is ignored by the selectors. Sale have struggled with their physicality recently and the problem is that they rely heavily on dominating opposition packs. If Gloucester can match them up front, then they can end their win drought. The bookies have Gloucester as favorites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.65, Gbets 1.65 and Hollywoodbets 1.67

HEAD-TO-HEAD STATS

Gloucester v Sale Sharks

  • Sale have won the last four matches between the sides.
  • Gloucester last beat Sale in 2021.

Latest results for both teams

Gloucester beat Castres 35-5 in their last match while Sale lost 37-24 to La Rochelle in their last match.

PREDICTION

Gloucester have only got pride to play for as they go all out to prevent a record extending 10th consecutive league loss. They have been extremely close to victory in a number of matches and will be hoping to come out on the right side of the line in this match. Sale have been boosted by the return of Dan Du Preez as his power in the pack was sorely missing. They will be hoping that his brother Robert has a better game at ten than his last few outings in the pivot position. He made loads of errors with his out of hand kicking and handling. I am backing Gloucester to win by 10 points.

Probable Starting XVs

Gloucester

15 Santi Carreras, 14 Alex Hearle, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Seb Atkinson, 11 Ollie Thorley, 10 Charlie Atkinson, 9 Caolan Englefield, 8 Zach Mercer, 7 Lewis Ludlow (c), 6 Ruan Ackermann, 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Freddie Clarke, 3 Kirill Gotovtsev, 2 George McGuigan, 1 Jamal Ford-Robinson

Sale Sharks

15 Joe Carpenter, 14 Telusa Veainu, 13 Sam James, 12 Sam Bedlow, 11 Arron Reed, 10 Rob du Preez, 9 Gus Warr, 8 Dan du Preez, 7 Sam Dugdale, 6 Ernst van Rhyn, 5 Josh Beaumont, 4 Cobus Wiese, 3 James Harper, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Si McIntyre

Odds for this bet

The best odds on the Gloucester victory are as follows:

Betway 1.65

Gbets 1.65

Hollywoodbets 1.67

Odds comparison on the Gloucester handicap:

The complete odds on the Gloucester handicap:

Betway 1.90 (-3.5)

Gbets 1.87 (-3.5)

Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-3.5)

Predictions and Odds in details

There are only decent odds on the Gloucester outright win therefore we suggest backing the away team on the handicap for better odds. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (-3.5), Gbets 1.87 (-3.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-3.5)

Other tips for the weekend (Predicted winners are in BOLD text)

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Bordeaux vs Stade Francais

Castres vs Clermont

Toulon vs La Rochelle

Black Rams vs Spears Kubota

Canon Eagles vs Kobe Steel