Northampton Saints vs Ulster Rugby Betting Tip Away Win – 16th January 2022

Saints could be edged out at the Gardens by the visiting Ulster

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England Northampton Saints vs Ulster Ireland
16th January – Kick Off 1515hrs
Rugby – England – European Champions Cup
Pick Ulster to win
Bookmaker William Hill
Odds: 21/20 odds taken 19:19 GMT on January 13th, 2022

Premiership Rugby side Northampton Saints will look to keep their slim Heineken Cup hopes alive on the weekend.

After defeats in their first two matches of this Pool stage campaign in the tournament, the Saints face an uphill battle.

Ulster toppled the Saints by five points on home turf in the first meeting, will they be able to double up against Northampton on Sunday’s trip to Franklin’s Gardens?

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Northampton Saints Preview – Saints face a tough home match

Things are already not looking great for Northampton Saints this season on the European front.

Back to back losses against Racing 92 and Ulster have put them on the back foot early in the Pool stage.

Northampton play host to Ulster on the weekend and are narrow favourites.

There is a quote of 5/6 odds-on for the Saints win in the match* (odds recorded 19:19 GMT on January 13th, 2022).

On their trip to Ireland in the last round of action to face Ulster, Northampton did push their hosts.

It was a narrow 27-22 defeat for Northampton there.

Last weekend in the premierships, Northampton Saints won away at Newcastle Falcons.

That snapped a four-match losing streak that they had been on in all competitions.

In their last ten matches in all tournaments, Northampton won W3 L7.

They have conceded at least 27 points in four of their last five games.

There’s nothing about this Sunday’s game that looks particularly easy for the Saints.

Our betting prediction:
Ulster -2 handicap

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* (odds recorded 19:19 GMT on January 13th, 2022)


There have been six previous meetings in the European Champions Cup between Northampton and Ulster.

The head to head from that is split evenly at three wins each.

Northampton are on a five-match losing streak at home in the Heineken Cup.

They have never before produced a bigger losing streak in.

The saints have also lost their last five at Franklin’s Gardens against the Irish visitor by an average of a 24-point margin.

A Saints -2 handicap is at a quote of 21/20 for rugby betting* (odds recorded 19:19 GMT on January 13th, 2022).


Ulster Preview – Irish province looking strong

It has been a perfect start for Ulster in this season’s Heineken Champions Cup.

They have won both matches played, those victories coming against Clermont and then Northampton.

So they are shaping up well and do have some appeal in the match outright at 21/20* (odds recorded 19:19 GMT on January 13th, 2022).

The province do have a great record against Premiership clubs in the European Cup.

Ulster have won all but two of their last 12 Heineken Cup matches against English teams (L2).

There has been a trend with Ulster’s recent results across all competitions.

It’s a rugby trend that suggests that things are going to be close at Franklin’s Gardens.

Six of Ulster’s last seven matches have been compiled by a margin of no more than seven points against Premiership teams.

So it’s probably worth keeping the handicap line low.

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Ulster do look a threat here if they turn up with a strong side and an Ulster -2 handicap is sitting at 23/20* (odds recorded 19:19 GMT on January 13th, 2022).

Ulster have won their last two visits to Northampton.

The most recent of those was in the Challenge Cup last year, with the Irish province taking a 35-27 away win.

That’s part of a W2 L1 overall record in European competition that they have at Franklin’s Gardens.

The visitors may be slight underdogs, but they are not to be written out of this.


Northampton Saints vs Ulster Betting Advice

The away win for Ulster may be just worth a look in this one at a quote of 21/20* (odds recorded 19:19 GMT on January 13th, 2022).

Two wins in the bag already does hint that they don’t need to throw the kitchen sink at this away game and instead bank on their final home match to come against Racing 92.

But on paper Northampton and Ulster should play out a tight contest, which gives some value to the Irish side.


Key Facts – Northampton Saints vs Ulster Betting Tip

  • Northampton Saints have lost their last five home matches in the tournament
  • Northampton Saints have lost their last five home fixtures against Irish teams
  • Ulster are W3 L3 against Saints, winning the last two


With that in mind, the Ulster -2 handicap at 23/20 looks a prime pick* (odds recorded 19:19 GMT on January 13th, 2022).

They have won their last two trips to the Gardens and Northampton are not carrying too much positive form this season.

The Saints have lost four of their last five at home in all tournaments they have no form to speak of in the European Champions Cup.


The best betting odds for Northampton Saints vs Ulster

Northampton Saints to win: 5/6 at Bet365
Draw: 20/1 at Bet365
Ulster to win: 21/20 at Bet365