Bristol Bears vs Exeter Chiefs
Bristol Bears welcome the Exeter Chiefs to Ashton Gates for this Premiership encounter. The home team have run into some good form with three wins in their last four matches across all competitions. They currently sit in 7th place on the log with 21 points while the visitors are in 4th spot with 27 points. Exeter have been excellent at home but have struggled on the road with just one win in four matches. Their lone away win was against the bottom placed Newcastle Falcons. Bristol needs to win this match if they are to close the gap with the top four teams.
TIP: The home side have showed major signs of improvement in recent weeks especially as most of their big name players like Max Malins and Ellis Genge have returned to the team. The Chiefs may look to rest some key players for this match as they have selected the same team for the last four matches. If they do indeed decide to field a few fringe players it will give the home team the opportunity to seek out a bonus point win. The bookies have Bristol as favorites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.55 Gbets 1.55 and Hollywoodbets 1.53
Bristol vs Exeter Chiefs
- Exeter Chiefs have won the last five matches between the sides.
- The home team has won five of the last seven matches.
Latest results for both teams
Bristol beat the Newcastle Falcons 21-13 in their last match while Exeter beat Leicester 29-10 last time out.
Bristol from a few seasons ago used to attack from any part of the field but recently they have adopted a more conservative approach. Exeter have always been a forwards dominated team and are unlikely to change their tactics in this match. The winner of this contest could well be the team who has the better pack of forwards. If the home team can find parity upfront then they certainly seem to have the attacking edge in the backline with the likes of Frenchmen Virimi Vakatawa and Malins. The contest between the two sniping number nines Harry Randall and Tom Cairns promises to be one of the highlights. I am predicting a home win by 15 points.
Probable Starting XVs
15 Max Malins, 14 Gabriel Ibitoye, 13 Virimi Vakatawa, 12 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 11 Rich Lane, 10 Callum Sheedy, 9 Harry Randall, 8 Magnus Bradbury, 7 Fitz Harding (captain), 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Joe Batley, 4 James Dun, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Harry Thacker, 1 Jake Woolmore
15 Tom Wyatt, 14 Immanuel Feyi-Waboso, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Joe Hawkins, 11 Ben Hammersley, 10 Harvey Skinner, 9 Tom Cairns, 8 Greg Fisilau, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Ethan Roots, 5 Dafydd Jenkins, 4 Rus Tuima, 3 Ehren Painter, 2 Dan Frost, 1 Scott Sio
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Bristol victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Glasgow handicap:
The complete odds on the Glasgow handicap:
Betway 1.90 (-4.5)
Gbets 1.87 (-4.5)
Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-4.5)
Predictions and Odds in details
There are poor odds on the Bristol 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 (-4.5), Gbets 1.87 (-4.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-4.5)
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