Betting preview: Premiership and PRO14 finals

Date published: May 24 2018

With the Premiership and PRO14 reaching its conclusion this weekend, we take a look at the best bets from those encounters.

Exeter Chiefs v Saracens

A repeat of the 2016 Premiership final where Saracens held off an improved Exeter second-half display to emerge 28-20 triumphant and complete a remarkable double.

They may not have won the Champions Cup this time around, going down to Leinster in the quarter-finals, but the Londoners are playing at a level similar to that success two seasons ago.

Mark McCall’s men have been exceptional since the defeat to the Irish province, scoring over 50 points in every game apart from one; a match they won 41-6 against Bath.

Sarries are therefore justifiably favourites at 4/6 with Paddy Power and Unibet but they can expect a far sterner challenge from the Chiefs. Rob Baxter’s outfit have been an altogether tougher proposition over the past 18 months and deservedly finished eight points clear at the top of the table.

The regular season yielded two league victories over Saracens and, although both of those games took place during the international windows, Exeter have once again been the most consistent team in England.

They are the defending champions and, with William Hill offering odds of 6/4, it seems a decent bet to back the Devonians.

You sense that the Chiefs need to have a lead at the interval if they are to go home with the trophy, however. Saracens have been potent after the break, not conceding a point in four matches before their clash with Wasps in the semi-finals, and they are 13/2 with 888sport to win after being behind at half-time.

Leinster v Scarlets

Like the Exeter-Saracens clash, these two teams know each other well and went head-to-head in mid-April as they competed for a place in the Champions Cup final.

Of course, Leinster won that clash comfortably and then secured the title with a victory over Racing 92 in Bilbao. They are duly expected to make it a historic double on Saturday and it is easy to see why.

Leo Cullen’s men were dominant throughout Europe’s top-tier competition and have also been impressive in the PRO14, topping Conference B.

Crucially, the game is taking place at the Aviva Stadium, which is effectively a home match for the Irish province, so bet365 are offering 2/9 for Cullen’s charges to claim the trophy.

Those odds do appear a little short, however. They were tested by the Welsh region throughout the league campaign and only finished ahead of the Scarlets on points’ difference, while there was an element of fallibility in Leinster’s performance against Munster in the last four.

Although the Dublin outfit eventually sealed a 16-15 triumph, the Limerick-based team had plenty of chances to snatch a shock result.

With Wayne Pivac’s men in fine form after beating Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun, it should be a much closer contest than what transpired in the Champions Cup semis.

The defending champions may have suffered a number of grazes and burns on Glasgow’s 4G pitch that slightly hampered their preparations for this encounter but, at 4/1 with Marathonbet and Betway, it is worth a punt.