Sale Sharks vs Exeter Chiefs Rugby Betting Tip Exeter – 3 handicap – 26th February 2021

Exeter can squeeze past the Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium

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England Sale Sharks vs Exeter Chiefs England
26th February 1945hrs
Rugby – England – Premiership
Pick Exeter -3 handicap
Bookmaker Betfair
Odds: Even money odds taken 03:50 GMT Thursday, 25th February

There’s a great clash to come on Friday to kick off the weekend of Premiership Rugby as Sale play host to Exeter.

After back to back league defeats, the Sharks will be desperately keen to get some momentum going again.

Having seen reigning champions Exeter lose last weekend in a huge shock upset, they may fancy their chances of securing a home success.

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Sale Sharks Preview – Can Sale pull off the home success?

Sale went down to defeat for the second game running in the Premiership last weekend.

They made the trip to The Stoop to face Harlequins and came up a long way short in a 24-12 loss.

That followed a surprise home loss against Bath.

So some great momentum that they had has been lost and they need to start steadying the ship to make a claim for a top-four finish.

It has only been one victory though for Sale in their last four home games across all competitions.

That was against Worcester in Round 6 of the Premiership this season.

In the match outright for this game, Sale are the 11/8 underdogs* (odds taken 03:50 GMT Thursday, 25th February).

So far at home in this season’s league campaign, Sale have gone W2 L2, the two defeats happening against Bath and Wasps.

Their victories were earned over Northampton and Worcester.

Sale have produced at least 20 points in each of their last five league games.

A Sale +3 handicap is at 10/11 for rugby betting on this game * (odds taken 03:50 GMT Thursday, 25th February).

Our betting prediction:
Exeter 1-7 winning margin

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(odds taken 03:50 GMT Thursday, 25th February)


All four of Sale’s home games this season have been settled either way by a margin of nine points or fewer.

One major issue is some poor head to head form that Sale has against the Chiefs.

The Sharks have won only one of their last ten meetings with Exeter in all competitions.

That lone win in the sequence was away from home in January last year.

In Salford, Sale are on a five-match losing streak against the Chiefs.


Exeter Chiefs Preview – Can Exeter get over another stumble?

Just when things looked to be all back normal for Exeter, things took a strange turn for them last weekend.

The Chiefs suffered a shock 13-12 home loss against Northampton which pretty much came out of nowhere.

That’s the third league defeat of this campaign already for the reigning champions.

They are heading to Salford as the 8/13 favourites* (odds taken 03:50 GMT Thursday, 25th February).

But that blip last weekend may cause punters some hesitation.

The Chiefs are not scoring anywhere near to the prolific levels that they were at the start of the season.

Only in two of their last six have they managed to reach 20 points in a fixture.

That’s not like them at all. But as a positive, they are looking for their third straight away win in the league.

That follows back to back wins over Worcester and Newcastle.

The last time that they won three straight away games was in August last year.

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Exeter Chiefs are not going to hit the panic button yet, but it is strange to see them as the lowest-scoring team in the current top three.

Away from home this season it has been an excellent W4 L1 record from Exeter.

Two of those four wins were by a margin of more than 20 points, while the other two were both within 7.

We think that this is going to be a tight affair for them and the Chiefs -3 handicap is at even money* (odds taken 03:50 GMT Thursday, 25th February).

Will they be able to bounce back?


Sale Sharks vs Exeter Chiefs Betting Advice

After making such a powerful, flying start to the new league campaign it has all gone a little bit awry for the Exeter Chiefs.

They are now W3 L3 in their last six league fixtures after last weekend’s narrow defeat against Northampton.

This is a tricky away game now, but they do have a strong head to head record at Sale and that just tips it.

An Exeter -3 handicap at evens is our first selection for rugby betting* (odds taken 03:50 GMT Thursday, 25th February).


Key Facts – Sale Sharks vs Exeter Chiefs Betting Tip

  • Sale Sharks have lost their last two league games
  • Sale Sharks have one win in their last four home games in all competitions
  • Exeter Chiefs have lost three of their last six league fixtures


Sale have just lost their way after looking like they had just hit top form with a victory over Bristol three matches ago.

They don’t have the home form at the AJ Bell to get the full support. But they should have a chance of staying close to the visitors.

Exeter 1-7 winning margin is at 5/2* (odds taken 03:50 GMT Thursday, 25th February).


The best betting odds for Sale Sharks vs Exeter Chiefs

Sale Sharks to win: 11/8 at Bet365
Draw: 20/1 at Bet365
Exeter Chiefs to win: 8/13 at Bet365