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Irish to remain top with easy win?

Bath and Gloucester lock horns in derby encounter

Posted Sep 30, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Welcome back to the weekly predictions of the coming Aviva Premiership fixtures, the page were I try my best to give you some insightful thoughts into what may happen in the coming games.
So I will start with the games on Friday evening, starting with Bath v Gloucester. This is a local derby, of sorts, and will be full of blood, sweat and tears as both teams look to add to last weekend’s fantastic results. Bath beat Sale 31-16 on Saturday whilst Gloucester narrowly beat Wasps by two points. I think it will go the way of Bath on Friday. They have been scoring freely and this will be a great opportunity to lay down a marker for the rest of the league.
The other game on Friday sees Wasps travel to Sale. Both teams are looking to bounce back from defeats last weekend and you can guarantee that this will be a hard fought encounter. Again, should be close but I can see this is going to Wasps.
On Saturday, there are three fixtures, all kicking off at 3pm. Harlequins entertain Newcastle, and with both teams struggling this could be a game that’s full of passion and mistakes. I fancy the Quins to take this one, and if they can score early then it could be a rout.
Table toppers London Irish will be keen to extend their winning run and I fully expect them to as they entertain bottom club Leeds Carnegie. I can see this being an emphatic win for the Irish, and don’t expect anything else.
The final match on Saturday will be an absolute cracker! Northampton, on the back of Sunday’s defeat at Saracens, will be keen to avoid a shock against the surprise package of the season so far, Exeter Chiefs. Although the Chiefs were well and truly beaten at Harlequins on Saturday, they have given everyone else a run for their money so far, including reigning champions Leicester Tigers. I expect the Saints to take this one, but I wouldn’t count out a shock at Franklin Gardens.
Finally, on Sunday, Saracens entertain Leicester, live on TV at 4.30pm. Saracens are going to be full of confidence following the win over Northampton last week but Tigers dominated and hammered Leeds Carnegie to lay a foundation for a decent run. I expect this to be a high scoring match and it could be a case of ‘we’ll score more than you no matter what’ entertainment. I expect it to be a close, high-scoring match with the reigning champions taking the spoils.

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