Wasps vs Leicester Tigers
Competition: Aviva Premiership Rugby
Date: 20 May 2017
Kick-off: 18:15 CET
Having topped the log ahead of the other three qualifiers, the Wasps will definitely feel they are hot favourites for the final when they face Leicester Tigers, but they need remember that Leicester is one of the most successful clubs in England.
The Tigers will be hoping to pull on all their historic glory when they face an upstart of a side like Wasps. They will know that they have not been at their best this season, but are probably still deserved of a place in the semifinals. Plagued by disruptions in coaching and management, the Tigers got rid of long standing director Richard Cockerill as well as head coach Aaron Mauger TO their credit, they did not miss a beat with these changes and pushed hard their advantage to make it to the top four. Now, to make it to the finals, they will have to face the most attacking side in the competition that is hungry to impress after almost going bankrupt a few seasons ago.
Wasps will really be a fairly tale side if they make the final, and then go on to win it. They were staring down the barrel of relegation and bankruptcy but have turned things around with a new stadium, and a new lease of life. The Wasps play one of the most attractive brands of rugby and have recruited the world’s most exciting players, from Danny Cipriani, Willie le Roux and Kurtley Beale. They have taken top spot on the back of all out attack and being able to outscore opponents, but there have been times where they have been dominated in this game plan.
Wasps vs Leicester Tigers: Head-to-Head Stats
The eight time champions Leicester hold a decent, if not minor, historical lead over the Wasps. They have played each other on 42 occasions and in that the Tigers have won 55%, which is 23 times whereas the Wasps have won 17 times. There have also been two draws.
Wasps vs Leicester Tigers: Prediction
There is no doubting the class and quality the Tigers possess, and even with their disruptions, they are still a formidable side. However, they will find it tough going up against the Wasps, who have been a class above most of the teams this season. The Wasps have it all to play for they are at home, and they will be able to tear apart the more conservative Tigers, so expect a decent win from the home side.
Wasps vs Leicester Tigers: Tips
With the all out attack plan implemented by the Wasps, you can expect the likes of Christian Wade, Willie le Roux and Kurtley Beale to be heavily involved in most of the tries.