Northampton Saints vs Saracens
Competition: Aviva Premiership Rugby
Date: 16 April 2017
Kick-off: 16:00 CET
This match has plenty of significance for both teams but for fairly different reasons. Northampton host Saracens in what will be a bruising encounter and the stakes are pretty high for both teams.
The hosts are currently in seventh place on the log with 47 points and they trail Leicester and Bath, who are in 4th and 5th place level on 52 points. Northampton are also level on points with Harlequins so all four teams are effectively fighting for a fourth place finish to ensure a spot in the Premiership semi final playoffs.
Saints have put all the pressure on themselves after losing their last two matches to Wasps and Leicester which has put them in a tight race to make the playoffs. It was always going to be tough to beat Wasps on the road and they will take confidence from the fact that they only lost by 2 points – showing how little there really is between the top seven teams in the tournament.
They have the advantage going into this clash as they are at home but they haven’t used that advantage full this season. They’ve only won four of their nine home matches.
Saracens will be well aware of that fact as they look for a crucial win. They are hunting down Exeter and Wasps, who sit in second and first place on the log. They are one point behind Exeter and six behind Wasps so a couple of wins could change the landscape in the top three dramatically in the next three weeks.
They are riding a wave of good form, having won their last three matches. That also includes the European Champions Cup win over Glasgow two weeks ago – so they still have a chance to win two trophies this season.
They will have to contend with a strong Northampton forward pack this weekend and they’ll be looking to the likes of Owen Farrell to give them good direction on the field.
Northampton Saints vs Saracens: Head-to-Head Stats
The last ten outings have seen Saracens claim six victories to Northampton’s four. Saracens won both of their encounters last year which included a Champions Cup victory.
Northampton Saints vs Saracens: Prediction
This is a very tricky game to call. Northampton will be very hard to beat at home but Saracens are in amazing form of late. Given that their so confident, the visitors may just cause an upset here.
Northampton Saints vs Saracens: Tips
Owen Farrell has been one of Saracens go-to-men, bet on him scoring at least 10 points in this game.