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Northampton to continue their winning run?

We take a look at this weekend's Aviva Premiership rugby fixtures

Posted Sep 24, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

It’s already that time of the week again when we look at the coming fixtures in the Aviva Premiership and I try my best to predict which way each game will go.
Last week I got five out six so I’m hopeful of a full house this time around! And I’ll be watching out for Leicester as they were the team who tripped me up last weekend.
So that’s where we’ll start today. The reigning champions are at home to bottom of the table Leeds Carnegie who are yet to register a win. The Tigers will be hoping for a stronger performance than last weekend and I predict that they will put the defeat at Wasps firmly behind them to run riot at Welford Road. Tigers to win, and to win big.
The stand out game for me this weekend, however, is the Bath versus Sale. Both sides have won two and lost one of their opening three fixtures so this could be a cracker. Sale won 21-17 last time out at home to Harlequins whilst Bath were beaten by early pacesetters Northampton. However, I fancy the hosts to return to winning ways tomorrow in a close encounter.
Wasps will be hoping to keep the momentum from last weekend’s terrific victory over Leicester when they visit struggling Gloucester. Both teams have one win each but for me the visitors will prove to be too confident and too good for the home side. Wasps to win, maybe late on.
Harlequins have a tough match against the magnificent Exeter Chiefs tomorrow. Heart is ruling head here and Exeter to win comfortably. Their attacking prowess and desire to set this league alight ensure that the struggling hosts will be waiting to a little longer to register their first league win of the season.
The final game on Saturday is Newcastle against high-flying London Irish, live on Sky Sports 3 at 5pm. The Irish have been quietly going about their business and sit second in the table whilst the Falcons have endured a tough start to the campaign so far. Only one winner here for me and that’s Irish.
The final game of the weekend is on Sunday afternoon at 3pm, live on ESPN from 2.30pm and that sees Saracens entertain table toppers Northampton. The Saints have been devastating so far this season winning all three of their matches and with confidence sky high I see them taking this one. Although it will be one of their tougher tests of the season, I see a close win for Saints on the cards.

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