Bath vs Northampton Saints
Competition: Aviva Premiership Rugby
Date: 10 February 2017
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
Bath may have recently fallen out of the Top three, and probably relinquished their charge for the title, but they still have good ground to make up on Exeter and Saracens above them as they welcome a revived Saints side to the Rec.
The Saints were looking like a team in real trouble at the beginning of the season, much like Exeter for that matter, but the reason was that there was so much expectation from those types of teams. Now with 13 games done, Exeter have risen to third, and it looks as if the Saints are playing to their potential again. The find themselves in sixth, tied on points with the Leicester Tigers above them and with a chance of reaching Bath’s 38 points if they pick up a bonus point in in this game. But this is the Premiership during the International window, so expect there to be some real disruptions in the form of certain teams.
Bath, after going toe to toe with the likes of Wasps and Saracens picked up one to many close results and losses to be at the forefront, but that does not mean they are suddenly a poor team, they still have great players and an excellent coach. Bath can still easily catch Exeter who only have a three point cushion o them, and that will indeed be their aim as they don’t want to fall away from the race for third spot. They are also in need of picking up their form and with only a few player disruptions to the Six Nations, they should feel quite settled.
Bath vs Northampton Saints: Head-to-Head Stats
Bath and Northampton have an illustrious history between themselves as in the Premiership they have met on 37 occasions, but by a long stretch, it is the Saints who hold the lead. In those 37 games, Northampton have won 24 times and Bath only 11 with two draws also coming out of the fixtures.
Bath vs Northampton Saints: Prediction
Bath are a much better team than they were last year, and as it stands, Northampton are not as good as they were in the previous season. It means that Bath have the advantage, and they also have the home ground advantage of the Rec which is one of the most Partisan grounds in England. Saints will cause a few headaches, but with their strike power of George North, Courtney Lawes and Tom Wood all out of action, they won’t have enough gas in the tank to sneak a win here.
Bath vs Northampton Saints: Tips
Not included in the England squad, Samesa Rokoduguni is a try scoring freak, look for him to keep adding to his tally in this game.