Ain’t no rest for the Wicked
The Aviva Premiership’s return wasn’t the saving grace I was hoping for as Newcastle were unable to stay within the handicap against Saracens and Gloucester were unable to clear the handicap against Leicester. Let’s hope things turn around this week as my wallet is currently as flat as a pancake.
News from the North
Unfortunately, I’m travelling around South East Asia this week so finding a stable Wi-Fi signal hasn’t been easy. As such, I haven’t really been able to keep up with all of the European domestic news. So, we’ll give the news a miss this week and move straight onto the tips.
This Weekend’s Tip
Game: Worcester v Gloucester (Aviva Premiership)
Tip: Gloucester on the board at 4/6
Units: 3 1/2
I know this isn’t the greatest value in the world but I’m fully confident that Gloucester will bag the points against Worcester this weekend. The hosts may have bagged a famous win over the Exeter Chiefs last week but that was a flash in a pan moment for a side who have really struggled this term winning only four of their fourteen fixtures.
Like Worcester, Gloucester also head into this one off the back of a win as they saw off the Leicester Tigers 24-17. They ‘Cherry and Whites’ also know that this is a crucial time of the year with semi-final spots on the line. I can see them putting in a clinical and calculated display that leads them to a vital win.
Game: Oyonnax v Montpellier (French Top 14)
Tip: Montpellier (-4.5) at 19/20
Units: 4 Units
The Top 14 returns this week and I think I have found a belter of a bet. Oyonnax, who currently sit at the foot of the Top 14 table, will play host to Top 14 leaders, Montpellier. The hosts have won just one game this term and look destined to return to the French second tier. Montpellier, on the other hand, have won 11 of their 16 games this season and look assured of a home play-off at the least.
I can actually understand why this line is so low. Oyonnax have been shipping points at a rapid rate this term while Montpellier have been scoring points for fun. When the two sides met last September Montpellier run out 37-6 victors. And while I fully expect this weekend’s score line to be tighter, I still can’t see Oyonnax staying within a very small handicap.