Northampton Saints vs Bath Rugby Betting Tip Saints -5 handicap – 28th February 2021

Saints can edge out Bath in tight scrap at Franklin's Gardens

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England Northampton Saints vs Bath England
28th February 1300hrs
Rugby – England – Premiership
Pick Saints -5 handicap
Bookmaker coral
Odds: 10/11 odds taken 05:27 GMT on Friday, 26th February

Northampton are bang in form at the moment as they will be looking for their fifth straight league win.

That’s some big momentum and will fancy their chances on home soil of pulling it off as well.

But Bath have snapped out of a poor run of form by winning their last two. That makes this an intriguing clash at Franklin’s Gardens on Sunday.

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Northampton Saints Preview – Can the Saints make it five in a row?

The last time that Northampton actually lost a Premiership league fixture was back on December 7th.

That was a one-point loss against Bristol, who are currently top of the table.

Now there has been declared results for Northampton this season because of cancelled matches.

That means that they have won only one home game this season, which was against Worcester in Round 4.

Northampton’s win over Worcester in that match is actually their only home win in the league since January 2020.

But how much does their current form wipe that statistic out?

It is a four-match winning streak that they are currently on this season and they earned themselves a big four points last weekend.

The Saints sprung a surprise at Sandy Park by beating reigning champions Exeter 13-12.

So each of their last three wins in the top flight have been away from home.

It has only been two matches that they have played at Franklin’s Gardens in this season’s Premiership.

There was the win over Worcester and a loss to Harlequins from those such fixtures.

Our betting prediction:
Northampton 1-7 winning margin
5/2

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(odds taken 05:27 GMT on Friday, 26th February)

 

Can the Saints translate that away from over to Franklin’s Gardens to get something going there on the weekend?

A Northampton Saints -5 handicap is at 10/11 odds* (odds taken 05:27 GMT on Friday, 26th February).

The only two victories that the Saints have taken in their last eight clashes against Bath happened at Franklin’s Gardens in 2017 and 2019.

In last season’s corresponding fixture, Northampton lost 18-3 but they haven’t lost successive home games against Bath since 1994.

 

Bath Preview -Bath hitting their stride?

It has been a really disappointing and poor season from Bath, but have they started to turn the corner?

Bath have produced back to back wins having squeezed past Gloucester at the Rec last weekend.

That was a 2-point margin of victory that they took and it followed a 5-point victory at Sale.

Whatever the manner of victory it has been for them, it has been a needed boost in form.

The victories have moved Bath on to a W4 L6 record this season, including cancelled fixture adjustments.

In the actual games that they have played, it is a W3 L6 record that Bath holds.

Five of their matches have been out on the road and it’s a W2 L3 record that the West Country club have taken from that.

Both victories were in their last two games as mentioned.

A Bath +5 handicap in rugby betting for Sunday’s Premiership game is at even money* (odds taken 05:27 GMT on Friday, 26th February).

It is plausible enough to assume that if they get the win it will again be by a narrow margin.

After last weekend’s round of action, Bath had conceded more points than any other team in the league.

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The last time that Bath won three straight Premiership fixtures was back in September.

Their recent t27-22 win at Sale was their first success out on their travels since December 2020.

It has been just the two defeats in their last eight against Northampton as already mentioned.

Can they tap into that and come away with another welcome four points?

In three of their five away games this season, Bath have produced at least 27 points in a game.

They are averaging around 20 points per league fixture in his campaign.

 

Northampton Saints vs Bath Betting Advice

There has been recent improvement by Bath having taken back to back away victories.

That’s been a massive boost to them and it’s interesting because they have a decent record against Northampton and the Saints haven’t done a great deal of winning on home turf.

So this should balance out to be a close fixture.

But we tip it to the Northampton -5 handicap side at 10/11* (odds taken 05:27 GMT on Friday, 26th February).

 

Key Facts – Northampton Saints vs Bath Betting Tip

  • Northampton Saints have won their last four league games
  • Northampton Saints have won two of their last eight against Bath (both home wins)
  • Bath have won back to back league fixtures

 

We can’t ignore the fact that the Saints do have winning momentum from four straight league victories.

That has to count for quite a bit and none of those and their last three away are by 5 points or fewer but on the road.

We think that they can cover the handicap back at Franklin’s Gardens and a Saints 1-7 winning margin covers enough bases at 5/2* (odds taken 05:27 GMT on Friday, 26th February).

 

The best betting odds for Northampton Saints vs Bath

Northampton Saints to win: 4/9 at Bet365
Draw: 20/1 at Bet365
Bath to win: 15/8 at Bet365