Bristol Bears vs Exeter Chiefs Rugby Betting Tip – Bristol -3 handicap – 20th May 2022

Exeter can secure a win at Ashton Gate, but perhaps only a narrow one

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England Bristol Bears vs Exeter Chiefs England
20th May 2022 – Kick Off 1945hrs
Rugby – England – Premiership
Pick Bristol -3 handicap
Bookmaker BetVictor
Odds: 23/20 odds taken 19:31 GMT on May 19th, 2022

The Bristol Bears have been struggling for victories in the top flight and they head into the penultimate weekend of the season fourth from the bottom.

The full impetus is on the Exeter Chiefs to come up with the victory at Ashton Gate.

They are in real danger of missing out on a top-four finish and have to come up with a victory on the weekend to try and keep any hope of that alive.

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Bristol Bears Preview – Can the Bears deny Exeter?

The Bristol Bears are just playing out the season with nothing to play for with two games to go.

Bristol have won only one of their last six Premiership Rugby matches.

The one win that they took in that sequence, was by a single point margin over Gloucester.

That was in their most recent home league fixture.

On home turf this season, Bristol are W6 L5.

In their last four, they are W2 L2 on home turf.

In the match outright for Premiership Rugby tips, the Bristol Bears are 15/8 underdogs* (odds recorded 19:31 GMT on May 19th, 2022 at BetVictor).

There was a heavy 56-26 defeat for Bristol Bears in their last Premiership match (away).

So they do need a big recovery here.

But Bristol Bears have won only two of their last nine home meetings with Exeter.

Our betting prediction:
Exeter 1-5 winning margin

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* (odds recorded 19:31 GMT on May 19th, 2022 at BetVictor)


With five losses in their last six Premiership matches then, can the Bears come up with something special?

It has been four victories in their last six at home (L2) and they have averaged 29 points per game in that sequence.

The Bears are currently on a run of six home matches in which they have scored a try bonus point.

For Premiership Rugby betting  a Bristol +6 is at a quote of 10/11* (odds recorded 19:31 GMT on May 19th, 2022 at BetVictor).

Can they add to their tally of home league wins this season?

A plus for them is the visiting Exeter have not been in great winning form recently.


Exeter Chiefs Preview – Chiefs need a big win

The Exeter Chiefs go into their penultimate fixture of the season six points outside of the top four.

So their chances of making it to the playoffs this season look extremely slim.

It’s not just winning at the moment for the Chiefs, it’s aiming for a bonus point on top.

They do, of course, need other results to go their way, as they fight with Northampton and Gloucester for that final top-four spot.

In the match outright for Rugby betting tips, the win for Exeter is at 4/9* (odds recorded 19:31 GMT on May 19th, 2022 at BetVictor).

The Chiefs need a big response to some poor recent results.

They have won only one of their last four Premiership fixtures.

The lone win for the Chiefs in that sequence was recorded at home against bottom side Bath.

Exeter have collected just two away wins in the league since the turn of the year.

While they are the match outright favourites, there is going to be huge pressure on them.

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Exeter Chiefs have lost back to back matches in all competitions and four of their last seven.

Their two most recent defeats were against Munster in the Champions Cup and then against old foes Saracens in the league.

On their four previous visits to Ashton Gate, Bristol have won them all.

Their last three wins there were by a margin of no more than eight points.

All but one of Exeter’s last ten league wins were by a margin of no more than 10 points.

So even though they need to come out and put tries on the board, a big winning margin may not be on the cards.


Bristol Bears vs Exeter Chiefs Betting Advice

Bristol Bears may put up more resistance at Ashton Gate than Exeter would like to be facing this weekend.

The Bears have won four of their last six on home turf, however, we still expect them to just come up short in terms of the win.

But the Bristol Bears +3 handicap is a very interesting rugby betting tip at 23/20* (odds recorded 19:31 GMT on May 19th, 2022 at BetVictor).


Key Facts – Bristol Bears vs Exeter Chiefs Betting Tip

  • Bristol Bears are W4 L2 in their last six home Premiership matches
  • Bristol Bears have lost their previous four at Ashton Gate against Exeter
  • Exeter Chiefs have won only one of their last four league matches


The most recent home defeat for Bristol Bears was against top-three side Harlequins, with their recent wins happening against what could be regarded as weaker opposition.

So Exeter may just get through because they do have to throw the kitchen sink at this contest.

The Exeter 1-5 winning margin is the second rugby betting tip at 9/2* (odds recorded 19:31 GMT on May 19th, 2022 at BetVictor).


The best betting odds for Bristol Bears vs Exeter Chiefs

Bristol Bears to win: 15/8 at Bet365
Draw: 20/1 at Bet365
Exeter Chiefs to win: 4/9 at Bet365