Exeter Chiefs vs Saracens
Competition: Aviva Premiership Rugby
Date: 20 May 2017
Kick-off: 15:30 CET
Having steadily worked their way through the tough parts of the opening rounds of the Premiership, the Chiefs forced their way onto a home semifinal spot, and they will be grateful for that as Saracens would have been a deadly prospect away from home.
For the Saracens their season is already full of trophies, having defended the Champions Cup against Clermont in another typically dominant display. The men from London are in a real purple patch over the last two seasons and have shown they can win from almost anywhere, in any situation. It bodes well for them having to head to Sandy Park for a place in the final of the Premiership, and another shot to defend a title. They will have a few issues to deal with however as they have some injury concerns, many players will still be coming off the high of the Champions Cup and focus may be lacking, and they are away from home. There are also a host of Lions players who will too be focused elsewhere.
Exeter know theta although they hold the advantage of playing at home, they are facing one of the tougher prospects out of the semifinals. They are a team that has come from relative obscurity in recent times, as newcomers to the Premiership, but it would be deserved of them to reach the final, and to reach it by defeating the defending champions. Exter have only gotten better and better all season, thus, a game against the Saracens in a crunch match like a semifinal should bring the best out of them, but they need to be savvy of the street-smart Saracens. There will be little nerves for their opposition where as this is one of the biggest games for the club from Exeter.
Exeter Chiefs vs Saracens: Head-to-Head Stats
The three time champions Saracens have only ever lost three times to the Chiefs, but because the Chiefs have not been around all that long, there have only been 15 games, which have taken the Chiefs some time to get used to.
Exeter Chiefs vs Saracens: Prediction
This game would have been almost a formality if it had been played at the home of Saracens as they are near unbeatable on their artificial surface, as it is though, they are away and thus things are a little different. The Saracens have shown their focus and composure through the whole season in Europe and domestically, but their concentration may be waning. If they can perform to their usual standards, they should win, but don’t count out Exeter putting on a big showing.
Exeter Chiefs vs Saracens: Tips
Chris Ashton may well be playing his last game in a Saracens shirt, and will want to score, especially after scoring in the Champions Cup final.