Twickenham plays host as the Premiership’s two leading sides face-off in the Aviva Premiership final on Saturday afternoon.
Here are our rugby union bets ahead of the conclusion of the English domestic season.
Exeter looking to go back-to-back
The Exeter Chiefs arrive at Twickenham off the back of a domestic season where they have pretty much conquered all before them.
Rob Baxter’s side have gone from strength to strength this season, topping the regular season table and come into this having dispatched Newcastle 36-5 at Sandy Park.
They are looking for a second consecutive Premiership title and their blend of attacking rugby and a rock-solid defence means they are in fantastic shape to do it again.
The Chiefs are 11/10 with Grosvenorsport.com for Saturday’s encounter.
Sarries peaking at just the right time
Since 2012, Saracens have, on the whole, been top dogs within English rugby and they once again find themselves in a Premiership final.
A slow start to the season and an early exit in the European Challenge Cup would have given their supporters cause for concern, but their recent performances have improved drastically.
They saw off a spirited Wasps side in their semi-final and while they conceded 33 points, they were, in truth, never really in trouble.
You can be sure that Mark McCall and his coaching staff would have been working hard on the shoring up the defence which has been the catalyst for past glories.
Saracens come into this one as the 4/6 favourites as they hunt their fourth Premiership title.
Exeter the value to confirm meteoric Premiership rise
Based on the regular league season, I’m struggling to see how Exeter aren’t the favourites for this. They finished nine points clear of their opponents in the regular season and they showed against Newcastle they are a in no mood to take their foot off the pedal.
Saracens will be a tough nut to crack, no doubt about it. They have been there and done it, and with the likes of Owen Farrell and Billy Vunipola in their ranks, they must be respected.
I would be concerned about Exeter if this was their first time in the final but it’s not, and having lifted the trophy last year, they know what it takes to get over the line.
This is going to be close and both teams are evenly matched, but at the prices I’ll be backing Exeter to win at 11/10 while backing them with a 2.5 head-start at 4/5 also appeals.
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