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It’s no surprise to see Exeter come into this one as short priced favourites off the back of what they’ve achieved this season. Indeed, the Chiefs secured top spot and a home semi-final nearly a month ago and although they’ve lost each of their last three Premiership outings, they field second-string outfits in all of those due to their commanding table position.
Bath will be feeling fortunate to have even made the play-offs after they let their 14-point lead slip in the final 20 minutes against Saracens to end in a draw at Allianz Park.
If it wasn’t for Sale having to forfeit their match against Worcester due to COVID cases, then the team from Somerset would most likely be watching these play-offs from the comfort of their own homes.
However, they still deserve credit for getting here and on a run of W7-D1-L1 from their nine outings since returning from the enforced break, they look to be in a good vein of form.
Moreover, that run included victories on that road at that Salford based club, Northampton and Harlequins, proving they can take the game to Rob Baxter’s men.
Exeter 1-12 Point Winning Margin
Exeter will of course have on eye on their European final next weekend against Racing 92. That top tier European competition will certainly be their priority this season given they’re yet to win it, and that could lead to a slightly rotated side this weekend, or failing that he’d want to get some substitutions in for the core of the team should they take an early lead.
With that in mind, we certainly think this one could be closer than most would expect. Bath drew at a strong Saracens outfit last time out and probably should have won that, and although the Chiefs are probably a step-up from Mark McCall’s men, it at least helps us gauge where Stuart Hooper’s men currently stand.
Away form is something that the visitors have in abundance at the minute and we’d have to side with this one going to the wire, even if the hosts still prevail.
Exeter 1-12 Point Winning Margin At 17/10
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