London Irish vs Bristol Bears Rugby Betting Tip London Irish +7.5 handicap – 21st February 2021

Bears to claim the away win on Sunday against the Exiles

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England London Irish vs Bristol Bears England
21st February 1500hrs
Rugby – England – Premiership
Pick London Irish +7.5 handicap
Bookmaker Coral
Odds: 9/4 odds taken 20:01 GMT February 18th, 2021

London Irish had a positive run of form snapped last weekend as they suffered a heavy road loss at Exeter.

There is another tough ask of them coming on Sunday when they welcome the Bears.

Bristol got back to winning ways last weekend with a hard-earned win at Gloucester to stay top of the Premiership table.

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London Irish Preview – Can the Exiles stop Bristol?

It hasn’t been a bad season for London Irish really who are W3 D1 L5 for the campaign.

They had gone undefeated in four matches before slipping to a defeat at Sandy Park against Exeter last weekend.

That was a 26-3 loss that the Exiles suffered, but that was an excusable result against the reigning champions.

In the match outright for Premiership rugby betting, London Irish are the 13/5 underdogs* (odds taken 20:01 GMT February 18th, 2021).

London Irish are the second lowest-scoring team in the Premiership this season.

From the seven completed fixtures, they have averaged 19 points per game.

On home turf this season they have taken an excellent W3 L1 record.

The defeat happened against Sale Sharks, while the Exiles got their successes over Gloucester, Newcastle and Leicester.

Our betting prediction:
Bears 1-10 Winning Margin
9/4

Bet at Coral

(odds taken 20:01 GMT February 18th, 2021)

 

Were they to come up with the home victory on Sunday, we imagine that it would be by a really tight margin.

All three of their home wins have happened by at least a 6-point margin.

That doesn’t look too feasible here.

A London Irish +7.5 handicap is actually at 10/11 odds* (odds taken 20:01 GMT February 18th, 2021).

That shows how difficult this fixture on Sunday is likely to be for them.

 

Bristol Bears Preview – Will the Bears win again?

Bristol have been one of the pace-setters in this season’s Premiership and they returned to winning ways last weekend.

After having had a strong run of form upset in a home loss against Sale in their penultimate fixture, the Bears bounced back last weekend.

They dug out a 18*17 victory on the road at Kingsholm against Gloucester.

It has been seven victories in their nine games this season in the Premiership. They are one of five clubs not to have had a cancellation.

So that’s helped them a lot with continuity.

It has been an average of just under 25 points per game from Bristol Bears this season in the top flight.

In the match outright they are quoted as the 3/10 odds-on favourites* (odds taken 20:01 GMT February 18th, 2021).

In last season’s corresponding fixture, Bristol did claim a 36-7 victory over the Exiles.

But that snapped a surprising winless streak of form that they had been on against the Exiles.

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Bristol Bears have won only one of their last five league matches (home and away) against London Irish.

They have lost two of their last three away games against them as well.

But they are the clear form team of the two at the moment.

The Bristol Bears -8 handicap is at 10/11 in rugby betting* (odds taken 20:01 GMT February 18th, 2021).

They have done enough on the road in this campaign, winning three of four, to warrant big respect.

 

London Irish vs Bristol Bears Betting Advice

Bristol have won tougher away games that this throughout the season including at Exeter.

They only just scraped one out against Gloucester last weekend, however, but it was a victory that got them back on track.

We do think that this may not necessarily be a stroll in the park for the Bears.

So a 1-10 winning margin for the visitors looks to be the way to go at 9/4* (odds taken 20:01 GMT February 18th, 2021).

 

Key Facts – London Irish vs Bristol Bears Betting Tip

  • London Irish have only lost one of their last five league games against Bristol
  • London Irish have won all but one of their home games in his campaign
  • Bristol Bears are the current league leaders in the Premiership

 

Bristol are having a strong season a wide margin handicap line is underestimating London Irish a bit.

The Exiles have done well at home in this campaign and that can’t be ignored and they have a decent recent head to head record against the Bears.

We don’t expect them to get the victory over the Bears on Sunday, but they should stay in touch.

 

The best betting odds for London Irish vs Bristol Bears

London Irish to win: 13/5 at Bet365
Draw: 25/1 at Bet365
Bristol Bears to win: 3/10 at Bet365