Leicester Tigers vs Bristol
Competition: Aviva Premiership Rugby
Date: 18 February 2017
Kick-off: 16:00 CET
These two teams will be coming into this games off the back of two very different performances and unfortunately for the bottom of the pile Bristol, their slight revival seems to be over.
Bristol managed to put together two win, their first and only wins, for the season back to back when they beat the Worcester Warriors and then the Sale Sharks. But, since those two weeks, things have gone back to parity as Bristol first lost to Northampton, but then were really put to the sword when they faced Harlequins in their last encounter, losing 42-8. Bristol’s issues are far reaching and even against weaken side they do not look like a cohesive unit, with a few stars doing their best to haul the team from the brink of relegation, but with Warriors now five points ahead of them on the log, their push does not seem to be strong enough.
Meanwhile, Leicester Tigers seemed to be stuttering somewhat, and also had to deal with losing a host of players to international players – not to mention director of rugby Richard Cockerill not too long ago, so they have done well to bounce back. Currently in fifth, Leicester showed some good form when they defeated Gloucester 34-9, holding the Cherry and Whites tryless. The Tigers will see this game against Bristol, at home, as another chance for some easy points as they try and chase down Bath ahead of them by five points.
Leicester Tigers vs Bristol: Head-to-Head Stats
There is a healthy lead in the historical advantage for the Leicester Tigers over Bristol as in their 20 encounters the Tigers have won three-quarters of the matches. That equates to just five wins for Bristol over the years.
Leicester Tigers vs Bristol: Prediction
Bristol looked like they were turning their season around, but their loss to Saints soon turned back into a poor showing as they were destroyed by Harlequins, and it was against just not a good showing. On the flip side, the Tigers embraced their missing stars and showed a good performance against what must be called another poor side, but they showed they can win so expect the same when they welcome Bristol.
Leicester Tigers vs Bristol: Tips
Bristol could well be held tryless, but if anyone is going to score points for them it will be Tom Varndell with a try and Jason Woodward will kick the goals.