Exeter Chiefs vs Bristol Bears Rugby Betting Tip – Exeter -9 handicap – 1st January 2022

Chiefs can snap poor home league form against the Bears to kick off the new year

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England Exeter Chiefs vs Bristol Bears England
1st January 1630hrs
Rugby – England – Premiership
Pick Exeter -9 handicap
Bookmaker Bet365
Odds: 10/11 odds taken 18:38 GMT on December 29th, 2021

This is one of the big highlights at the start of the new calendar year of Premiership Rugby.

Exeter will bring fresh legs to proceedings at Sandy Park on the weekend as they face up to the Bristol Bears.

The Chiefs will be looking to make further headway towards the top four.

As for the Bears, their season of struggles continued last weekend with a home defeat against Leicester Tigers.

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Exeter Chiefs Preview – Can Exeter build more momentum?

There has been a W6 L4 record posted in the league by Exeter Chiefs this season.

After a slow start to the campaign, they have lost just twice since Round 2.

In the match outright for Premiership Rugby betting on Saturday, the win for Exeter is at a quote of 1/3* (odds recorded 18:38 GMT on December 29th, 2021).

They will be looking to build further momentum at Sandy Park having won their last two there.

That was a win in the Premiership and in the European Champions Cup.

In their last home match in the league, Exeter came up big time.

They produced a narrow victory over big rivals Saracens.

The overall home form that Exeter have produced this season in the Premiership is W2 L3.

A better home record than that would have been expected from them.

But will that victory over Saracens prove to be a big turning point in their season?

Our betting prediction:
Exeter 1-12 winning margin

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* (odds recorded 18:38 GMT on December 29th, 2021)


Exeter do also need to overturn some poor head to head form against Bristol Bears too at Sandy Park

They have lost their last three against them in Devon in all competitions.

It has been back to back home league defeats against the Bears that Exeter have suffered.

Interestingly, each of the last five meetings between the two clubs have ended with a victory for the away team on the day.

Just three of the last twelve meetings between Exeter and Bristol in all competitions have produced a win for the home team.

An Exeter -9 handicap in Premiership Rugby betting is at a quote of 10/11* (odds recorded 18:38 GMT on December 29th, 2021).

That perhaps says a lot about how much Bristol Bears are struggling at the moment.


Bristol Bears Preview – Can the Bears rule again at Sandy Park?

The Bristol Bears have lost four of their last five matches in all competitions.

It has been a three-match losing streak from them in Premiership Rugby.

Last weekend they had a home fixture at Ashton Gate against Leicester Tigers.

To their credit the Bears looked like becoming the first team to beat the Tigers this season.

But they couldn’t hold out and fell to a two-point defeat late on in the match.

It was, however, a good bold competitive effort from the Bears, who finished top of last season’s Premiership Rugby table.

In the match outright for Saturday’s rugby betting the win for Bristol Bears is at 9/4* (odds recorded 18:38 GMT on December 29th, 2021).

The last time that Bristol Bears suffered four straight league defeats was in 2018.

But they could be at risk of matching that as their away form has been nothing to write home about this season.

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Bristol Bears have taken one victory on their league travels this season.

That win happened at London Irish in Round 7.

Looking at their away form in all competitions, including from the end of last season, Bristol are W3 L6 in their last nine.

But they have taken those back to back league wins at Sandy Park against the Chiefs.

Those wins were based on huge defensive efforts, Bristol scoring exactly 20 points in each.

Bristol, who are second from the bottom in the table with a W3 L7 record, have not been anywhere near as good defensively this season.


Exeter Chiefs vs Bristol Bears Betting Advice

The home win is going to be the call for Rugby Betting in this big clash in Devon on Saturday from Premiership Rugby.

Exeter have had their wobbles on home turf without question.

But that victory over Saracens last time out should have given them a huge spark.

So even though Exeter have lost their last two league home games against the Bears, the Chiefs are being backed to turn the tables on this opponent.


Key Facts – Exeter Chiefs vs Bristol Bears Betting Tip

  • Exeter Chiefs have lost their last two league home games against Bristol
  • Exeter Chiefs have 3 wins in their last 8 home games in all competitions
  • Bristol Bears have a W1 L4 road record in the Premiership this season


The Exeter -9 handicap at a quote of 10/11 does look like a viable option in this one* (odds recorded 18:38 GMT on December 29th, 2021).

All four of Bristol’s away losses this season have been by a margin of at least eight points.

Three of them were by at least seventeen points. This is a tough away day for the Bristol Bears.


The best betting odds for Exeter Chiefs vs Bristol Bears

Exeter Chiefs to win: 1/3 at Bet365
Draw: 20/1 at Bet365
Bristol Bears to win: 9/4 at Bet365