With the autumn internationals fading into memory and the European Champions Cup shelved until 2015 the focus is fully back with the Aviva Premiership’s festive fixture list.
To celebrate, we’ve carved out a handy-looking treble on some of Saturday’s tastiest-looking fixtures which pays out just shy of 4/1 if successful.
Saracens (-34.0) to beat London Welsh @ 8/15
According to London Welsh back Chris Elder, Aviva Premiership games “don’t really count on form”.
Well around here we think the young man is slightly deluded, seeing as his side is winless in all competitions – including nine league losses – and travel to face a side that have been bested just once at home in the last 11 outings.
Considering that London Welsh’s only Aviva away win in their history came all the way back in 2012 and you can start to picture just how large the clump of straws is that Elder clutches at.
Leicester Tigers (+7) to beat Northampton Saints @ 10/11
So long the underdogs in this east midlands derby, Northampton are heavy favourites heading into this clash with their bitter rivals at Franklin’s Gardens.
Saints are the AVIVA Premiership leaders after nine games, but even if they do record a win over the Tigers here, we’re don’t expect a thrashing.
The 21-20 win Northampton recorded over Leicester seven months ago was their first win in 11 league derbies, and the Tigers are on a fine run of form, with European champions Toulon the only side to beat them in their last seven outings.
Bath to beat Gloucester @ 8/13
The possibility of going top of the table should spur Bath on to victory in this west country derby, despite the Cherry and Whites holding home advantage.
Mike Ford’s men won the feisty and tight affair back in April which saw Gloucester finish the game with 11, and have the upper hand over their big rivals recently too, winning three on the bounce.
England centre Kyle Eastmond’s return to Bath’s backs is an added boon to the visitors chances too.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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