Northampton Saints vs Bath Betting Tip Bath +8 handicap – 26th August 2020

Saints and Bath set for a tight duel at Franklin's Gardens

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England Northampton Saints vs Bath England
26th August 1945hrs
Rugby – England – Premiership
Pick Bath +8 handicap
Bookmaker Betfair
Odds: 10/11 odds taken 21:12 GMT, Tuesday 25th August

Northampton are just on the outskirts of the top four and win on Wednesday would lift them back up there.

The story is exactly the same for Bath as they are level on points with Saints.

So this is going to be a game of huge importance with regards to their respective hopes of a top-four finish this season.

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Northampton Saints Preview – Can Saints defend home turf?

This is going to be a big battle for Northampton, especially with the way each of their last four games have gone.

The away side on the day has been victorious in each of the Saints’ last four fixtures.

The Saints are W2 L3 in their last five league games, but they have won two of their last three.

Those were a win at Worcester and a success at London Irish last weekend by a convincing 27-3 scoreline as well.

But their form at Franklin’s Gardens is under some big scrutiny at the moment.

The Saints have lost their last four there and only once before have they ever lost five home matches on the spin.

So this is no easy game for them currently, not with such big pressure riding on it.

However Northampton are the 1/3 odds-on favourites to collect the match win* (odds taken 21:12 GMT, Tuesday 25th August)

The last two home losses that Northampton have suffered have been against Wasps and Saracens.

In both of those, Northampton scored exactly 21 points and that scoring is where they could have a slight advantage.

It has been a tally of 351 points from the Saints this season, which is an average of 23 per game.

Their opponents on Wednesday, Bath, well their average is 20 points per game.

Our betting prediction:
Saints 1-10 winning margin
21/10

Bet at Coral

(odds taken 21:12 GMT, Tuesday 25th August)

 

We do have to consider a close-match up in this contest and Saints -8 handicap is at 10/11* (odds taken 21:12 GMT, Tuesday 25th August).

Earlier this season when Northampton went to the Rec they lost 22-13 against Bath.

However, they have won their last two on the spin at Franklin’s Gardens against the West Country outfit. Can they do it again?

 

Bath Preview – Bath on the up

It has been back to back successes for Bath since their season was restarted.

That was a home win against London Irish and then against Leicester last weekend away from home.

That’s victories over teams who are on the struggle bus at the moment, so this is going to be a much tougher fixture for them to deal with.

But their bump in form leaves them level on 40 points with the Saints and on the cusp of a top-four finish.

Bath are the lowest scoring side among the top-eight teams this season.

They have only tallied 35 tries and there are only three teams in the division who have produced fewer than that.

But then you have a look at their defence and it has been pretty solid, by and large.

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It is the away form of Bath that is the big factor for this game. They have won three of their last five Premiership away games.

That’s a huge streak of road form and they have only suffered two losses in their last seven against the Saints as well.

However, Bath have collected just the one win at Franklin’s Gardens since September 2016.

It is just more focus where we can see this being a tight game and Bath are not totally to be dismissed here.

 

Northampton Saints vs Bath Betting Advice

Well, well. We have the Saints who have slumped in their form at home at Franklin’s Gardens, taking on a good away team that is Bath.

This should be a thriller on the night and we don’t see a big margin coming either way.

So how do we handle Northampton v Bath rugby betting?

 

Key Facts – Northampton Saints vs Bath Betting Tip

  • Each of the last five meetings have been won by the home team
  • Northampton Saints have lost their last four home league games
  • Bath have won 3 of their last five road fixtures

 

The way we look at it, Saints have put points on the board in their last two home games, even in defeat.

So with that said, we have to back Northampton to break their slump of home form by beating Bath.

Yes, Bath have been winning away games, but a victory at the struggling Leicester last weekend in their first road game back tells us nothing.

We will cover the visitors with a +8 handicap at 10/11* (odds taken 21:12 GMT, Tuesday 25th August).

It looks a little safer than asking the Saints to beat them by at least a couple of scores.

 

The best betting odds for Northampton Saints vs Bath

Northampton Saints to win: 1/3 at Bet365
Draw: 22/1 at Bet365
Bath to win: 12/5 at Bet365