Sale Sharks vs Wasps
Competition: Aviva Premiership Rugby
Date: 19 February 2017
Kick-off: 16:00 CET
Wasps have a great opportunity to really extend the lead at the top of the Premiership table when they face a Sale side that is struggling with the battle of the bottom three. Saracens took a tumble, and Wasps are on the rise, so it is their chance to extend the gap even further.
Wasps have only recently taken top spot away from Saracens, and the Sarries had a chance to take it back – even if it was just for a day – but they lost in a surprise result to Gloucester. The gap currently sits at five points, but could quickly become 10 if Wasps can get a bonus point win over Sale, which is very likely. Wasps are the attacking threat to watch this season picking up try-bonus points in eight of their 11 wins. They have benefited from Saracens making two mistakes in a row, although they also dropped points last week with a draw to Exeter, and will want to take maximum points in this game as they battle with a struggling team.
Sale are now the team just above the two real strugglers f the season, Worcester Warriors and Bristol, however, that gap to the bottom two is shrinking and in fact, Worcester are now in striking distance – only five points back. Sale have had a tough go of things recently, and have struggled to pick up easy wins, although they did poach a game against Newcastle last time out and will be feeling some confidence off that, however, Wasps are a totally different prospect.
Sale Sharks vs Wasps: Head-to-Head Stats
The history between these two sides could not be closer, and hopefully this game will break the deadlock, as long as it doesn’t end in a draw – which has happened once before in 41 encounters. The other 40 games belong to each side 50-50 with Sale winning half and Wasps the other.
Sale Sharks vs Wasps: Prediction
It may be a home game for Sale, but Wasps are too good a side to falter just because they are away, they are a huge attacking threat and Sale will not have enough in them to stop that, in fact, Wasps should almost definitely score four tries and get the bonus.
Sale Sharks vs Wasps: Tips
Wasps welcome one of their big buys Willie le Roux to the side and the mercurial Springbok fullback is exactly the type of player that will relish the game they play. Expect him to score on debut.