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Second-placed Saints entertain top of the table Bath tonight

Cracking weekend of Aviva Premiership action of the cards

Posted Sep 17, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

The Aviva Premiership is up and running now after two cracking weeks of rugby. I take a look at this weekend’s upcoming fixtures and await tonight’s top of the table clash between Northampton and Bath to be electrifying. Take a look to see who I’ve predicted to win this weekend’s fixtures.
Northampton v Bath – This is the battle of the Aviva Premiership’s top two. Two games in, two victories each. Bath lead the league with nine points having collected a bonus point whilst Northampton, who beat champions Leicester in the opening game, sit on eight points. This will be an absolute cracker. Shown live on ESPN tonight, starting at 7pm, I don’t think there will be much to separate these two teams. I’m going to go for a home win and tip Northampton to win a close, cracking encounter.
Sale v Harlequins – Also being played tonight, this match will again be another tight affair. Both have scored and conceded a similar amount of points so far but a win here could propel one of them onto a good run. Sale welcome back captain James Gaskell and this could prove to be crucial for the hosts. Sale to win this one for me, but only just.
Exeter v Newcastle – Ah, Exeter, my new favourite team. The exciting Chiefs have decided that attack is the best form of defence so far this season and I expect much of the same again this time out at home to Newcastle tomorrow. Both have won one, lost one, so again, this could be close but as Exeter are an unknown quantity to many, I’m going to tip them to get their second win of the season.
Wasps v Leicester – The Tigers have shipped a lot of points so far this season but expect the champions to continue where they left off against Exeter last weekend. Leicester, for me, will be far too strong for the Wasps and I expect the champions to ease to a victory here. Expect lots of points and a message to be sent out to the rest of the league.
Leeds Carnegie v Saracens – Poor old Leeds Carnegie have just a single bonus point to their name so far this season. With two defeats in two games it will be interesting to see if confidence plays a factor at home. Saracens, on the back of a thumping 28-23 triumph over Sale last weekend, to win here.
London Irish v Gloucester – Gloucester have struggled so far this season, losing on the opening day to new-boys Exeter and winning by just a point against Leeds Carnegie last week, despite leading 19-11 at the break. Irish on the other hand, lost at Bath last week and hammered Saracens the week before. Expect a tight, low-scoring affair. I’m going to go with an Irish win.

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