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Bath to end poor run?

Bath vs Exeter will light up Boxing Day

Posted Dec 23, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

The Aviva Premiership is in full flow this weekend and fans all around the country will be hoping their team can bring them some festive cheer.

With the snow and ice only forcing the postponement of one fixture, Gloucester’s home match with league leaders Northampton Saints on Sunday, we take a look at the remaining five fixtures and try to predict what the outcome of each match will be.

Today we look at Bath versus Exeter Chiefs on Boxing Day, kick off 2.15pm and then tomorrow we will focus on the rest of the matches.

Bath have been in shocking form recently and, despite challenging near the top of the table at the start of the campaign, they have slipped to fourth bottom with just 19 points from nine games.

The majority of their matches have been close fought and they are one of the lowest scorers in the division as well as having one of the meanest defences. If they aren’t careful they will be drawn into a relegation dogfight with Leeds Carnegie, Newcastle and Sale and this could be something the club simply aren’t prepared for.

The Chiefs on the other hand, have been a breath of fresh air in the division this season and currently sit exactly at the midpoint of the table with five win and five defeats from 10 games. They have proved an entertaining club and have played with an edge all season, always taking the game to their opponents.

This will be a tight match and one of great entertainment for the fans. These south-west rivals will be hoping that, by winning on Sunday, they can put themselves into a stronger position for the remainder of the season.

I expect Exeter to come flying out of the traps and I expect them to be the ones taking the game to the hosts. But it may come down to experience this one and with the likes of Olly Barkley and Lewis Moody in the Bath team, I think they will be a little too strong for their visitors.

It will be tight but for me, Bath will end a run of poor form and take the spoils with a narrow win late on.

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