Wasps v London Irish Rugby Betting Tip London Irish +4 handicap – 27th February 2021

Wasps face a tough home test against the battling London Irish on Saturday

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England Wasps vs London Irish England
27th February 1500hrs
Rugby – England – Premiership
Pick Draw
Bookmaker Betfred
Odds: Even money odds taken 06:00 GMT February 25th, 2021

Wasps can’t quite seem to get their act together this season and suffered their third defeat in their last four games last weekend.

They went down heavily at Leicester Tigers, but they are the strong odds-on favourites for Saturday’s home game.

London Irish will arrive in something of a bullish mood, however, having played out a thrilling draw with leaders Bristol last weekend.

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Wasps Preview – Wasps favourites for the win

Wasps have lost three of their last four league games after going down at Leicester last weekend.

That was a heavy away loss at Welford Road as well, Wasps suffering a 27-8 defeat.

So they are a little bit off the pace at the moment.

But in rugby betting for Saturday’s fixture, they are the 8/13 odds-on favourites* (odds taken 06:00 GMT February 25th, 2021).

The only win that they have taken in their last four games now in the top flight, was a four-point margin victory at Worcester back on February 14th.

It has also been back to back home losses for them after claiming a fantastic win over Exeter at the Ricoh on January 2nd.

All of that has left Wasps on a W5 L5 record for the season. They have completed all ten of their scheduled fixtures so far this season.

Wasps have actually produced a good average of 23 points per fixture in this campaign.

But their problems have clearly been in defence as the year averaged 27 points per game against them.

There does appear to be a bit of scope to expecting this to be a high scoring game.

Wasps are not going to have an easy time against a much-improved London Irish.

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

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(odds taken 06:00 GMT February 25th, 2021)

 

A Wasps -4 handicap is at 10/11 for the fixture* (odds taken 06:00 GMT February 25th, 2021). That’s a clear indication of how tight this could be.

Checking in with their home from a little deeper this season, Wasps are W2 L3.

The most interesting thing about that is the two victories happened against the current top-two in the league, Exeter and Bristol Bears.

Three of their five games, regardless of the outcome, have been settled by a margin of 10 points or fewer.

So we expect a tight battle at the Ricoh.

The head to head form is with London Wasps, however.

They have suffered only one defeat in their last eight Premiership Rugby games against London Irish.

That one loss? That was on the last occasion they hosted the Exiles in October 2019.

 

London Irish Preview – Can the Exiles double up at the Ricoh?

So London Irish did get a victory in their last visit to the Ricoh Arena then. But can they double up on that?

In the match, tonight for Premiership rugby betting the win for London Irish is at 2/1* (odds taken 06:00 GMT February 25th, 2021).

They aren’t to be underestimated in this one, however.

It’s been a decent enough season from them in regards to positive performances.

London Irish are at W3 D2 L5 this season in the top flight, including cancelled fixture adjustments.

They are W2 D2 L1 in their last five completed fixtures in the Premiership.

Interestingly both of those draws were against two of the current top three (Bristol Bears and Harlequins) away from home.

So they have stood up to some difficult tests. 

The only team to beat them in that sequence was reigning champions Exeter.

There has been consistent scoring from London Irish, who have tallied at least 27 points in four of their last five league fixtures.

So they may well have a decent chance of getting a result out of the weekend’s visit to the Ricoh.

Especially with the form of Wasps being a little vulnerable at the moment.

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London Irish are averaging 21 points per league game this season, so they are short of Wasps’ output.

But on the flip side of that the Irish have conceded almost 100 points fewer than Wasps have done, so it sort of balances out.

In eight of their league fixtures this season London Irish have earned a try-scoring bonus for at least 4 tries in a fixture.

So they can expect to be in this.

London Irish +4 at even money looks a fairly reasonable rugby betting proposition to us* (odds taken 06:00 GMT February 25th, 2021).

Out on their league travels in this campaign, London Irish are D1 L2.

One of those losses against Worcester was by a 1-point margin only.

 

Wasp vs London Irish Betting Advice

This is a really interesting clash in the Premiership on the weekend as London Irish look as if they can cause a problem or two.

They will have been delighted with a draw against league leaders Bristol Bears last weekend in a match for which they were heavy underdogs.

But can they get the win on the board?

That’s a different matter, but the London Irish +4 handicap does offer some interest at evens* (odds taken 06:00 GMT February 25th, 2021).

 

Key Facts – Wasp vs London Irish Betting Tip

  • Wasps have lost three of their last four Premiership fixtures
  • Wasps have lost one of their last eight against London Irish
  • London Irish are W2 D2 L1 in their last five league games

 

Ultimately we think that Wasps do get the win on the board in this one but only narrowly and that’s because London Irish haven’t won away since September last year.

The head to head just puts it in Wasps basket but with London Irish earning a try-scoring bonus in four of their last five, the form of the visitors can’t be overlooked.

A Wasps 1-7 winning margin looks the right way to handle this at 5/2* (odds taken 06:00 GMT February 25th, 2021).

 

The best betting odds for Wasp vs London Irish

Wasps to win: 8/13 at Bet365
Draw: 25/1 at Bet365
London Irish to win: 2/1 at Bet365