Sale v Gloucester Rugby Predictions & Betting Odds – 18th May 2019

Sharks can sign off with a success

Rugby Betting

Premiership Rugby Preview – 4.00 pm kick off

Gloucester can take things easy on the final day of the regular season. This is a great chance for them to actually rest some of their star power. They have already locked down the third-place finish for the season, meaning that they are though to the Premiership semi-finals. They simply wait to see whether it is Exeter or Saracens that they meet there.

Sale v Gloucester odds*

Sale 1/3
Gloucester 12/5
Draw 20/1
* (betting odds taken from William Hill on May 13th, 2019 at 4:04 pm)

Sale v Gloucester Preview

Sales Season has come to a grinding halt. They are starting this final weekend of action six points outside of the top four places. So they are not going to have any shot whatsoever of taking a place in the semi-finals. They did well to hang in there with an outside chance for as long as they did.

The thing about that is that could make this game a bit of a dead rubber in terms of intensity. Sale are the second lowest scorers in the Gallagher Premiership this season but still, bookmakers have them at 10/11 odds for a -7 handicap in this one, which actually makes some sense* (betting odds taken from William Hill on May 13th, 2019 at 4:04 pm).

They are probably going to be taking on an understrength Gloucester side. Sale are W2 D1 L2 in their last five league games, having played out a 20-20 draw against Bristol in their last fixture. If they could have gotten over the line with the win in that one, they would be playing for a top-four place this weekend.

Head to head

Sale collected fantastic 30-15 win at Kingsholm against Gloucester earlier this season. The last time they welcomed the Cherry & Whites to the AJ Bell Stadium was in September 2017 and Sale produced a massive 57-10 victory on that occasion. Overall it leave things with Gloucester at W3 L2 in the last five meetings between the two teams.

Gloucester not to take risks

Gloucester then are heading to the semi-finals. Regardless of what happens, it is third place that they will be finishing it. So there’s no need for them to go risking injury to their key players. They have to be focusing for the game ahead instead of worrying about this meaningless game.

Gloucester area W4 L1 in their last five league games and eased past the relegated Newcastle last time out in the top flight. They did lose their last away game, a bit of a surprise upset in terms of recent form, as they went to Worcester and lost 20-27.

Sale v Gloucester Prediction

Given the situation of the game, this has to be a good chance for Sale to put a good home win on the board to sign off for the season with. Gloucester aren’t going to be anywhere near full strength and therefore the Sale -7 handicap at 10/11 odds is a good fit* (betting odds taken from William Hill on May 13th, 2019 at 4:04 pm)

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