Bath vs Saracens Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Bath vs Saracens | Saturday 30 May, 2015 | Twickenham | 14.30
The Aviva Premiership season draws to a close this season in a final showdown between Bath and Saracens at Twickenham.
The play off sees the teams that finished second and fourth in the league battle it out for the top spot in English rugby this Saturday. Northampton Saints finished top of the table with one more point than Bath and Leicester Tigers in third on equal points with Saracens in fourth.
Last weekend’s playoff semi-finals saw Saints, who dominated this season, lose 24-29 to Saracens, while Bath smashed Tigers 47-10 to claim their place in this weekend’s final.
Saturday’s match will be familiar territory for Sarries, marking their fourth Premiership final in six seasons. For Bath, however, a win would hand them their first top-tier trophy in nearly two decades.
Despite not winning the Premiership since 1996, before the playoff days, Bath have had an impressive season with a lot of punch to their attack. This flair upfront has seen them score more tries than almost all other teams at 72, behind only Saints on 75 and London Wasps on 77.
Matt Banahan was the star of the pack against Tigers in the semi-finals, scoring a hat trick as Bath dominated the Leicester side. Ahead of the final this weekend he reflected on the winning mentality that has seen Bath through to the final stage.
“The coaches have given every player belief in what we can do,” he said.
“A lot of teams will only attack from the halfway line but we can attack from our own five-metre line. There’s nothing we’re doing out there that’s risky. We’re just doing basic things well.”
Alongside Banahan will be Premiership Player of the Season George Ford as well as the RPA Players’ Player of the Year and England player of the Year winner Jonathan Joseph. With such star quality among their ranks, Bath look virtually unbeatable.
Saracens finished top of the table in the two years before this one, but their route into the final this year has shown rather less flair. The London-based club can, however, boast the best points difference in the division, even if their overall points tally was their lowest since 2009.
Sarries’ got their revenge over Saints’ in the semi-finals after the Northampton club beat them 24-20 in last year’s final, but a victory on Saturday will fully restore the Saracens’ pride and put the old demons to rest, once and for all.
Chris Ashton is expected to be fit enough to return for Saracens this weekend but it is thought that Schalk Brits may be kept on the bench as Mark McCall looks set to make very few changes to last weekend’s winning side.
Bath, meanwhile, have no new concerns. Captain Stuart Hopper may be deemed fit enough to return for the final match of the season, joining Sam Burgess in the pack.
Bath vs Saracens Betting Tips
This is set to be a very close game and the final result could go either way.
We’ll be putting our money on Bath’s formidable attack to score the first try at 5/1 with Betway. If we have to pick a winner we’ll be backing Saracens to clinch it, but only by a small margin of 1-10, at 15/8 with Ladbrokes.