Betting preview: Saints to continue winning run

Date published: November 8 2019

Ahead of the action in the Premiership and PRO14, we take a look at the best bets from two of the games taking place this weekend.

Bath v Northampton Saints

Bottom takes on top at the Rec as Stuart Hooper’s men face the early leaders in the Premiership on Saturday. The Saints have enjoyed an outstanding start to the campaign and will look to continue their fine 2019/20 form this weekend.

Chris Boyd’s charges dominated a talented Harlequins side in their previous match and deservedly came away with a 40-22 triumph at Franklin’s Gardens. They are playing with freedom and it will be a mightily tough game for the West Country outfit, particularly with the hosts struggling for form.

Although the 2015 finalists secured an impressive victory over Exeter Chiefs in Round Two, they have suffered two defeats so far, including a poor 43-16 reversal at the hands of Bristol.

Hooper will have a stronger squad to choose from once their World Cup stars are fully integrated following their exertions in Japan, and it is therefore a slight surprise to see them 5/6 favourites at Betfair and Paddy Power.

With those individuals away, Bath are severely weakened while Northampton aren’t quite as hampered. Boyd’s youngsters have also stepped up superbly with fly-half James Grayson directing operations nicely in the absence of Welshman Dan Biggar.

Those factors duly gives the Midlanders a good chance of recording another triumph and they are a tempting 6/5 with bet365 to claim the win.

A positive result would leave the Saints top going into the European break but no doubt the hosts will be determined to pick up a positive result in front of own fans. Bath to get a good start and lead at the break but the visitors eventually come away with the victory is 15/2 with Sky Bet.

Munster v Ulster

The first Irish inter-provincial derbies take place this weekend as the four teams face-off. Connacht versus Leinster is first up on Friday but we are concentrating on Munster’s game against Ulster at Thomond Park.

The last time these two sides played in Limerick, it finished 64-7 in the home side’s favour – a result which could have proved damaging for Dan McFarland early in his tenure – but the head coach has done a good job of building a cohesive unit.

They have developed nicely since that result and currently reside in second place in Conference A following four victories in five. McFarland’s men are just behind the defending champions from Dublin and will fancy their chances of causing an upset against Johann van Graan’s charges on Saturday.

BetVictor has them down at 10/3, which could prove enticing for some punters, while the hosts are seen as clear favourites at a best price of 1/3 with William Hill.

The handicap could also be worth a flutter with the Belfast outfit Evens on a 10 handicap (Betway) with the Ulstermen certainly backing themselves to keep the score tight throughout. Should that happen and Munster edge the contest then the home team are 9/2 (William Hill) to win by 6-10 points.