Bristol Bears vs London Irish Rugby Betting Tip – London Irish +8 handicap – 11th February 2022

Bears can pass tricky test against the Exiles at Ashton Gate

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England Bristol Bears vs London Irish England
11th February 2022 – Kick Off 1945hrs
Rugby – England – Premiership
Pick London Irish +8 Handicap
Bookmaker Betfair
Odds: 10/11odds taken 21:15 GMT on February 9th, 2022

The Premiership Rugby action resumes on Friday night with Bristol Bears looking to extend their current positive run of form further.

The Bears have won their last four in a row in all competitions and are back on the up.

London Irish have not found the same level of consistency as of late, but could still rate as a threat at Ashton Gate.

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Bristol Bears Preview – Bears have turned the corner?

Have the Bristol Bears turned the corner in what has been a difficult season for them?

The Bears have won their last four matches now in all competitions.

Their scoring output has been creeping up as well, having taken back to back Premiership Rugby wins in which they scored at least 30 points.

The most recent one of those was last weekend when they posted a 37-21 win at home against the Newcastle Falcons.

Bristol Bears are a quote of 4/11 to pick up the win in the match outright for Premiership Rugby betting* (odds recorded 21:15 GMT on February 9th, 2022 at Betfair).

There has been a trend in their last four first-team match wins.

The Bears picked up a try bonus point in each of those.

They are also unbeaten against London Irish since April 2009 and they haven’t lost a home game against the Exiles since 2008.

Our betting prediction:
London Irish Outright

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* (odds recorded 21:15 GMT on February 9th, 2022 at Betfair)


A Bristol Bears -8 handicap is at a quote of 10/11 for rugby betting* (odds recorded 21:15 GMT on February 9th, 2022 at Betfair).

It’s a four-match unbeaten streak against London Irish in the Premiership (W2 D2) that the Bears are on.

In each of the last eight meetings, the team leading at the halftime break has never lost.

Bristol Bears have scored at least 30 points in each of their last four against the Exiles.

With the way that their recent form has been trending, there should easily be something in this for them.


London Irish Preview – Can Irish take Ashton Gate?

London Irish are 9 points better off in the Premiership Rugby standings heading into the weekend’s action.

So they are not likely to be a pushover.

Last weekend the Exiles did have a tricky time of things as they were easily kept at bay by Gloucester.

London Irish lost 24-7 at Kingsholm in that fixture.

London Irish have now alternated between a win and a loss in each of the last six matches in all competitions.

Dialling that back into the Premiership, they have taken a W3 L2 record in their last five.

Each of their last five matches have been won by the home team on the day.

In the match outright for rugby betting, London Irish are a quote of 2/1* (odds recorded 21:15 GMT on February 9th, 2022 at Betfair).

For a team that has scored consistently well this season, last weekend will have been a disappointment.

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London Irish made just one line break against Gloucester last weekend. But that has been an exception to the norm for them this season.

But there is the problem of their lack of away wins in the top flight.

London Irish have only won four of their last 21 away matches in the Premiership (W4 D2 L15).

But none of those games were away at Ashton Gate as last season’s corresponding fixture wasn’t played.

While they have lost their last three away games in all competitions, before that they had taken a fantastic run of W4 D1.


Bristol Bears vs London Irish Betting Advice

The Bristol Bears have the chance to win three straight Premiership Rugby matches for the first time this season.

There has been some definite improvement by the Bears recently, but they have lost three times at Ashton Gate this season.

This doesn’t look to be the most routine of fixtures and the Bears have conceded at least 20 points in their last two.


Key Facts – Bristol Bears vs London Irish Betting Tip

  • Bristol Bears have won their last four matches in all competitions
  • Bristol Bears are undefeated in four against London Irish (W2 D2)
  • London Irish have won 4 of their last 21 Premiership away games


London Irish weren’t at the races last weekend, and they have performed a lot better than that.

The visitors may be worth a play in this one as no team outside of the top four have scored more tries than they have done this season.

Instead of going all in, the London Irish +8 could be the option at 10/11* (odds recorded 21:15 GMT on February 9th, 2022 at Betfair).


The best betting odds for Bristol Bears vs London Irish

Bristol Bears to win: 4/11 at Bet365
Draw: 20/1 at Bet365
London Irish to win: 2/1 at Bet365