This weekend’s predictions

Date published: December 31 2015

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It is that time of the week when we put our heads on the chopping block with Planet Rugby's predictions.

So the new year kicks off with a full fixture list in the Premiership, PRO12 and Top 14 as the business end approaches.

Furthermore teams will soon have to combat Six Nations call-ups which makes having a bet with Paddy Power all the more interesting as we look through what our favourite bookmaker has to offer on the rugby market. Best of luck to everyone.

Premiership

Northampton v Exeter

It's going to be some game at the Gardens between Northampton and Exeter, with the Saints looking to bounce back from last week's loss to London Irish. They face a Chiefs side currently sitting second in the standings but struggling in terms of injuries to many key players.

Northampton to subsequently get back to winning ways by 1-7 points at 2/1 stands out but as always we'd advise getting on Thomas Waldrom crossing anytime in the game. Odds on the number eight doing just that are 13/5 while Kahn Fotuali'i is 4/1 and might be worth a nibble.


Saracens v Leicester

Expect the likes of Telusa Veainu, Gonzalo Camacho, Mathew Tait and Vereniki Goneva to relish playing on the Allianz Park surface, which should make for an entertaining battle against Saracens on Saturday. Saracens are 1/5 favourites with Leicester priced at 7/2 to prevail.

We expect Saracens to have plenty in the tank to run out comfortable winners though and the 11-20 point win at 5/2 is what we are liking. The Vunipola brothers are also in excellent form at the moment so Billy at 12/1 and Mako at 25/1 are decent bets for the game's first try.


Sale v Wasps

Wasps still being without Nathan Hughes is a blow to their hopes of picking up a win at Sale on Saturday, with the Sharks 5/6 favourites. Should you fancy Wasps to claim a victory on the road they are Even money or, in what should be a tight match, 4/1 to win by 1-5 points.

We like Sale by 1-10 points in this game and that is 17/10 and Daniel Braid (3/1) and David Seymour (13/2) are worth an anytime try bet.

Other Premiership predictions:

Gloucester v London Irish: Gloucester by 12
Newcastle v Bath: Bath by 10
Worcester v Harlequins: Harlequins by 5


PRO12

Glasgow v Edinburgh

A venue switch due to bad weather has handed Edinburgh an advantage as originally set to be played at Scotstoun, this Scottish derby now takes place at Murrayfield. That means Edinburgh have come in in price as both teams are 10/11 for the second leg of the 1872 Cup match.

Cornell du Preez is always worth a punt to score and at 13/2 anytime that's a good option, as is Glasgow wing Taqele Naiyaravoro at 13/5.


Ulster v Munster

Munster are in a real hole at the moment after suffering a fifth straight loss in all competitions last week. It could well soon be six. Ulster are subsequently 3/10 favourites win or you if you like them to beat the 10/11 handicap on their home patch that is at 8 points.

With no Simon Zebo or Keith Earls, Munster look unlikely winners on Saturday and the Ulster win by 11-20 points looks a good bet at 13/5.

Other PRO12 predictions:

Ospreys v Dragons: Ospreys by 12
Cardiff Blues v Scarlets: Cardiff Blues by 3
Leinster v Connacht: Leinster by 15
Treviso v Zebre: Treviso by 7

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