Harlequins vs Northampton Saints Rugby Betting Tip – Saints +9 Handicap – 27th December 2021

Harlequins can win the "Big Game" at Twickenham Stadium to revive their league form

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England Harlequins vs Northampton Saints England
27th December 1630hrs
Rugby – England – Premiership
Pick Northampton Saints +9 handicap
Bookmaker William Hill
Odds: Even Money odds taken 18:10 GMT on December 23rd, 2021

Harlequins will be looking to make a positive return to Premiership action by avoiding losing three in a row in the competition as they took on Northampton in the “Big Game” at Twickenham on Sunday.

Quins did have success on the European front over the last two weekends, so they could carry some momentum forward.

Northampton have won their last two Premiership matches, but their away form leaves a big question mark hanging above their heads.

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Harlequins Preview – Can Quins pick up their form?

There have been back to back losses for Harlequins in this season’s Premiership.

So the reigning champions will just want to arrest this current slide as quickly as possible.

The last time that they lost three consecutive Premiership fixtures was in early 2019.

Monday’s game is being played at Twickenham Stadium, not the Stoop.

That could be good news for Quins.

Harlequins have suffered just one loss in their last eight fixtures played at Twickenham.

The most recent of those was back in 2017.

In the match outright for Premiership Rugby betting, Quins are 1/3 odds on favourites* (odds recorded 18:10 GMT on December 23rd, 2021).

The last time they were beaten at Twickenham in the “Big Game” it was Northampton who got the better of them seven years ago.

A “Big Game” is just where once a year Harlequins play a league home fixture at England’s HQ instead of their own ground which is right next door.

Our betting prediction:
Harlequins 1-10 Winning Margin

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* (odds recorded 18:10 GMT on December 23rd, 2021)


The head to head makes for some positive reading for Harlequins.

They are currently on a three-match winning streak against the Saints in the top flight.

That’s been a big turnaround as they had lost 11 of the previous 13 against Northampton (W2).

Quins have lost their last two home games in the Premiership.

They had gone undefeated in 12 before that, leaving them W11 D1 L2 overall at the Stoop this calendar year.

You get the feeling that they are going to be pretty fired up for this on their big spectacle return to Twickenham.

A Harlequins -9 handicap is at a quote of 10/11 in rugby betting* (odds recorded 18:10 GMT on December 23rd, 2021).


Northampton Saints Preview – Can the Saints march on?

It has been back to back Premiership league wins for Northampton Saints.

Those were victories recorded against Bristol and Bath.

Their recent European Champions Cup action didn’t pan out however as they lost against Racing 92 and Ulster.

Northampton Saints are 9/4 underdogs for Monday’s Premiership action* (odds recorded 18:10 GMT on December 23rd, 2021).

It’s not quite so good for the Saints if we just dial into their away form.

Northampton Saints have taken one victory only in their last four away from Franklin’s Gardens.

In all tournaments, the Saints have lost six of their last eight away games.

Northampton have also lost their last three matches played at Twickenham Stadium, one of those were against Quins (Saracens, Leicester).

On the surface of things, they look as if they are going to have their work cut out for them on Monday.

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Northampton Saints have won the last two away matches which have been against reigning Premiership champions at the time.

Those were against Exeter and Saracens and were taken by a margin of no more than two points.

A Northampton Saints +9 handicap comes in at 10/11* (odds recorded 18:10 GMT on December 23rd, 2021).

The Saints have put at least 30 points on the scoreboard in their last two league matches.

The last time they did that for three consecutive matches was in 2017.

On each of the last 15 occasions that they have scored 30 points in a Premiership fixture, the Saints have won.


Harlequins vs Northampton Saints Betting Advice

Harlequins can use the “Big Game” to get themselves going again. They need that as their bright start to the season has faded a little.

But with a success in a European fixture last time out, Quins can use that as a platform to push forward here.

They have conceded the fewest penalties per match on average this season and are on that three-match winning streak at home against Saints.

It is the Northampton Saints +9 handicap looks a decent proposition for rugby betting* (odds recorded 18:10 GMT on December 23rd, 2021).


Key Facts – Harlequins vs Northampton Saints Betting Tip

  • Harlequins have won their last three home matches against the Saints
  • Harlequins have lost one of their last eight matches played at Twickenham Stadium
  • Northampton Saints are looking for their third straight league win


That’s because most of Harlequins’ most recent matches have been tight affairs.

There has been improved scoring by Northampton Saints as well, so they look able to cover that.

A Quins 1-10 winning margin at 11/5 is the other option* (odds recorded 18:10 GMT on December 23rd, 2021).


The best betting odds for Harlequins vs Northampton Saints

Harlequins to win: 1/3 at Bet365
Draw: 20/1 at Bet365
Northampton Saints to win: 9/4 at Bet365