Exeter v Northampton Rugby Predictions & Betting Odds – 18th May 2019

Exeter can hold nerve to finalise top spot

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Premiership Rugby Preview – 4.00 pm kick off

Exeter are in the driving seat to finish top of the table at the end of the regular season. They did lose against Saracens in their last league outing, which leaves them in the position of standing four points clear at the top of the pile over Saracens. They get home advantage as they try and secure that top place finish.

Exeter v Northampton odds*

Exeter 2/5
Northampton 21/10
Draw 18/1
* (betting odds taken from BetVictor on May 13th, 2019 at 4:04 pm)

Exeter v Northampton Preview

Exeter sent out an under-strength side in their last Gallagher Premiership challenge which was against Saracens. That was expected for their away game and knowing that Saracens were understrength as well. Even though Exeter came out on the wrong side of the scoreline, they are still in a strong position to secure top spot at the end of the regular season.

A win at home on the final day of the season would put them over the finish line. The top placed team in the regular standings will face off against the team who finish fourth, in the Premiership semi-finals. It is Northampton who are sitting in fourth place and the Saints have some work to do in order to hang in there and reach the final four.

Exeter are now W2 L2 in their last four Premiership games. The two wins were against Leicester and Harlequins, the losses coming against Wasps and then Saracens. Interestingly their loss against Wasps saw them toppled at home in a surprising result four rounds ago. Will those recent slips be costly to them if Saracens manage to beat them to the punch and top the table on the weekend?

Head to Head

Exeter have won three of the last four against Northampton and have gone W3 L2 in their last five against them. Exeter have won their last two home fixtures against the Saints, their most recent meeting at Sandy Park coming in February last year when they edged out the visitors 31-30.

Saints are surging

Northampton are surging at the right time but this is a tough game for them in which to try and get over the line and book a top-four finish. A win in this fixture will guarantee that of course, but that is going to be easier said than done when it comes to the action on the pitch. The Saints are currently on a three-match winning streak in the Premiership.

They have won five of their last six in the Premiership, the only slip up happening at home against Gloucester four rounds ago. But they are really on their game at the moment. They proved that in holding their nerve in taking a win at top-four challengers Harlequins recently by a single point, which set them up well for this shot at reaching the semi-finals.

Exeter v Northampton Prediction

What a game this is going to be. The problem for Exeter is that if it comes down to a tie break with Saracens at the end of the season, the Chiefs are going to lose top spot. So they are going to have get themselves dialled in here to secure top spot. Their record at Sandy Park should be enough to get them over the line, and resting star players against Saracens, coupled with taking last weekend off will mean that they come back refreshed. Still, Northampton are right on their game at the moment, so back the visitors to keep this tight. Northampton +6 at 10/11* (betting odds taken from BetVictor on May 13th, 2019 at 4:04 pm)

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