Gloucester vs Saracens
Competition: Aviva Premiership Rugby
Date: 17 February 2017
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
If there was ever a major upset it had to be Saracens losing to the second bottom team Worcester Warriors last weekend, now, the team that was on the charge for the title will need to bounce back, and bounce back hard as they face a Gloucester side that is still struggling to pick up wins.
It is another away game for Saracens, and they have shown where they are weak with their loss to Warriors. It was a game where the opposition managed to play on their discipline, kicking all of their points over. With a big contingent of their team missing through international duty, Saracens were hardly the fluid and well structured side that has been seen in the Premiership thus far. They will have to turn things around, but will be grateful that Wasps also dropped points above them in their draw with Exeter.
For Gloucester, things are going from bad to worse, against a Leicester side that has its own turmoil at the moment, they were totally outplayed. The Cherry and Whites were never really in the contest, and for a stage, that was their only saving grace, being in it until the end, but still losing. At least for this encounter they will be at home, and they will know that Sarances are not the same unbeatable team that they have seen all season. But Gloucester are losing ground in the middle of the table and must be careful not to end up too far down the bottom.
Gloucester vs Saracens: Head-to-Head Stats
There is a pretty close split in terms of the advantage between these two sides. In 41 games historically in the Premiership, Saracens have won 46% of the games which equates to 19 wins, while Gloucester have 51% of the wins, or 21 victories. There has also been a single draw.
Gloucester vs Saracens: Prediction
While Saracens took a major dip in their loss to Warriors, it won’t be anything more than a dip. Sure, Gloucester are a team that can surprise, but their form has just gone from bad to worse, and when Saracens have time to settle, they will be back to their old ways and ripping apart teams like Gloucester again.
Gloucester vs Saracens: Tips
Saracens will take a precoutious approach to this game, but expect there to be more points socred in the second half than the first as they cut loose at the end.