London Irish vs Northampton Saints Rugby Betting Tip – London Irish -5 handicap – 28th March 2022

Exiles can edge a tight scrap with Northampton Saints in exciting Premiership clash

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England London Irish vs Northampton Saints England
28th March 2022 – Kick Off 1500hrs
Rugby – England – Premiership
Pick London Irish -5 handicap
Bookmaker Bet365
Odds: 10/11 odds taken 18:31 GMT on March 24th, 2022

London Irish went down against leaders Leicester Tigers in their last Premiership Rugby match, but it has been a good season for them.

The Exiles are still in the mix for a top-four finish and need to immediately bounce back to winning ways.

While Northampton beat Wasps last time out, the Saints have not had a terrific time of things on the road.

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London Irish Preview – Can Exiles keep up their challenge?

London Irish are still in the hunt for a place in the Premiership Rugby playoffs this season.

They finished the last round of action just three points outside of the top four.

But it’s a hotly contested race with little margin for error.

London Irish are the 4/9 odds-on favourites in rugby betting* (odds recorded 18:31 GMT on March 24th, 2022 at Bet365).

Only the current top two of Leicester and Saracens have scored more points than the Exiles have done this season.

Their output has been fantastic and no team has tallied more Premiership Rugby tries than they have done.

In the last round of action, the Exiles had a bit of momentum stopped in a loss at leaders Leicester Tigers.

That is the only loss by London Irish in their last six matches in all competitions (W4 D1).

It has been a very good return of W4 D1 L2 in their last seven Premiership Rugby fixtures.

Our betting prediction:
London Irish 1-7 winning margin

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* (odds recorded 18:31 GMT on March 24th, 2022 at Bet365)


But things read even better for them when focusing only on their home form.

London Irish have won their last seven matches on home turf in all tournaments.

It’s been a four-match winning streak at home in the league.

That includes victories over Saracens and Exiles, so they have knocked over some heavyweights.

The London Irish -5 handicap for rugby betting is at 10/11 on Saturday* (odds recorded 18:31 GMT on March 24th, 2022 at Bet365).


Northampton Saints Preview – Tricky test for the Saints

Northampton did claim a win in their last league fixture, a home success against Wasps.

They badly needed that too as they had been on a four-match losing streak before the victory.

In the match outright for rugby betting, Northampton to win is at 15/8* (odds recorded 18:31 GMT on March 24th, 2022 at Bet365).

Northampton Saints are on a W9 L9 record this season in the top flight.

They have actually scored very well, stacking up just four points fewer than London Irish have done.

So they are capable, but they look less of a threat away from Franklin’s Gardens.

There have been back to back away defeats for the Saints in the league, going down against Leicester Tigers and then Gloucester.

Northampton are W3 L3 in their last six away matches in Premiership Rugby.

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Northampton Saints do actually have a good away record at London Irish, having won their last two such visits.

Their last trip to face them was in August 2020 and the Saints won that 27-3.

Northampton have scored at least 20 points in their last three league away matches against the Exiles.

It is a W3 L1 record that they took in their last four at London Irish.

Earlier this season the Saints squeezed past them at Franklin’s Garden by two points.

It’s been a three-match winning streak (home and away) for Northampton in the league against the Irish.


London Irish vs Northampton Saints Betting Advice

On paper, this looks like being a really good tight scrap with both teams capable of scoring well.

But home advantage has to just shade it as the Exiles have a great streak of form going at home.

They are looking for their eighth win on the spin in Brentford in all tournaments and the London Irish -5 handicap is just about playable at 10/11* (odds recorded 18:31 GMT on March 24th, 2022 at Bet365).


Key Facts – London Irish vs Northampton Saints Betting Tip

  • London Irish have won their last seven home matches in all tournaments
  • London Irish have lost their last three against the Saints
  • Northampton Saints have lost 3 of their last 4 league matches


Northampton are a team who are a little hit and miss on the road this season, especially against stronger teams.

Their last three away defeats have been against Quins, Leicester and Gloucester.

This one on Saturday looks no easier than any of those.

London Irish 1-7 winning margin is the other rugby betting tip at 7/2* (odds recorded 18:31 GMT on March 24th, 2022 at Bet365)


The best betting odds for London Irish vs Northampton Saints

London Irish to win: 4/9 at Bet365
Draw: 18/1 at Bet365
Northampton Saints to win: 15/8 at Bet365