Harlequins vs Sale Betting Tip – Sale -5 handicap – 14th August 2020

Sale can collect an away win at the Stoop in return to action

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England Harlequins vs Sale England
14th August 19:45hrs
Rugby – England – Premiership
Pick Sale -5 handicap
Bookmaker 10bet
Odds: 5/6odds taken 19:05 GMT, Wednesday 12th August

The Premiership is set to return on Friday after the enforced break. The season resumes in round 14.

It is Harlequins vs Sale that kicks off the restart and the Sale Sharks will be looking to come back roaring out of the gates.

A win will see them keep up the pressure on the Exeter Chiefs at the head of the table.

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Harlequins Preview – Quins need a win to boost play off hopes

It is a W5 D1 L7 record that Harlequins have taken this season. That leaves them seven points outside of the play offs.

Even if that becomes too much of a reach for them, they have a shot at a top six finish to reach the European Champions Champions Cup.

Harlequins have already faced the Sharks this season and it didn’t go well for them.

The Quins took a 48-10 hammering at the AJ Bells Stadium.

Will they fare better back on home turf?

There’s a big question mark over that with the bookmakers as Quins are the 15/8 underdogs* (odds taken 19:05 GMT, Wednesday 12th August).

Our betting prediction:
Sale 6-10 Winning Margin

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(odds taken 19:05 GMT, Wednesday 12th August)


Harlequins have the worst defensive record of the teams currently sitting in the top seven of the Premiership.

But one big positive that they can take is that they did win their last home fixture against Sale.

That was in 2018 when they posted a big 51-23 success over the Sharks at the Stoop and they need that kind of result again.

Harlequins lost three of their final four games before the season was suspended. Can they bounce back?


Sale Preview – Can the Sharks pick up the win on return?

It has been a grand season for Sale so far. They went into the enforced break on a three match winning streak in the top flight.

The Sharks have shown so much in defence this season and only in one of their last six games have they conceded more than 20 points in a fixture.

It was only 20 points in total that they have conceded in their last three games.

Those were wins over Leicester , Gloucester and London Irish.

Four points from Friday night’s restart would move the Sharks to within one point of league leaders Exeter.

Sale really announced their credentials with an away win at Exeter in January.

It is a W5 L1 record that Sale have taken in their last six Premiership fixtures.

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The head to head is 28-23 in favour of Sale, with 11 of those wins for the Sharks coming away from home.

The big difference between the two teams is how freely the Sharks have been scoring.

They have tallied up 42 tries in this campaign compared to the 34 that the Quins have managed.

The Sharks -5 handicap is at 5/6* (odds taken 19:05 GMT, Wednesday 12th August).

We also have to go back to their defence. Sale holds the best defensive record in the Premiership currently by 40 points.


Harlequins vs Sale Betting Advice

It’s the restart and there is little tricky to gauge just how well the two teams are going to square up.

But based on what has been shown already this season, Sale are the justifiable favourites here.

They are averaging 25 points per fixture and we don’t see the Quins keeping up with them.


Key Facts – Harlequins vs Sale Betting Tip

  • Harlequins have lost three of their last four league games
  • Harlequins have the worst defensive record in the current top seven
  • Sale have won the last two meetings


The defence of Sale has been a wonder this season and therefore we could see them doing enough to warrant having a look at a Sale 6-10 winning margin for 9/2* (odds taken 19:05 GMT, Wednesday 12th August).


The best betting odds for Harlequins vs Sale

Harlequins to win: 15/8 at Bet365
Draw: 22/1 at Bet365
Sale to win: 4/9 at Bet365