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Northampton v Bath: Prediction, Tips and Odds

The Home of Rugby takes centre stage on Saturday when Northampton Saints and Bath go head-to-head in the Premiership Grand Final at Twickenham.

Two of the best attacking sides in the competition will face off in the capital to decide who will be crowned champions of England.

Northampton v Bath

Northampton v Bath betting tips and predictions

Northampton -4.5 handicap - 10/11

Northampton have had the better of the most recent outings between these sides, winning three of their last four games against Bath in all competitions.

The West Country side did manage to win their last meeting 43-12 at The Recreation Ground last month but Northampton made numerous changes to their line-up for that game, with their place assured at the top of the table at the end of the regular season.

Therefore, not too much can be read into that last meeting and it’s better to focus on the battles between these great sides when they were both at full strength.

Northampton won their previous meeting at Franklin’s Gardens 24-18, while they also came on top in the Premiership prior to that with a 45-26 victory at The Rec.

Much of Saturday’s game will come down to the intriguing battle between the two fly-halves in Fin Smith and Finn Russell.

England stand-off Smith has enjoyed another strong season and has really grown into his role as the main man in the No.10 jersey at Franklin’s Gardens.

Meanwhile, Russell has been a revelation since making the move from Racing 92 to Bath after last year’s World Cup.

The Scotland playmaker has turned Bath from a side struggling at the bottom end of the table to one that are just 80 minutes away from being crowned champions of England.

However, while Russell might be the standout player in the Premiership this season, it’s a 15-man game and Northampton look to have the better team going into Saturday’s game.

Saints have a strong record against Bath to back that up and Phil Dowson’s side look to be good value to win and fall on the right side of the -4.5 handicap on offer here.

Northampton to win both halves - 2/1

Looking back on the previous two Premiership meetings when these sides have been at full strength, Northampton have managed to win both halves.

While the first half might be cagey, Smith has the precision from the kicking tee to get Northampton ticking along on the scoreboard.

Much like those previous meetings, Northampton have the quality and the game management to build the scoreboard and the 2/1 on offer for the Saints to win both halves once again looks to be the way to go at Twickenham.

Highest scoring half - Second half - 5/6

Finals are always high-pressure affairs and, as mentioned, a cagey first half might well be on the cards in the capital.

Both teams will look to their set-piece to take advantage of field position, as Smith and Russell go head-to-head in the aerial battle.

While these are two of the best attacking sides in the competition, they are likely to be feeling each other out in the opening stages, so the higher-risk plays may come out in the second-half.

With that in mind, the second-half could well see the majority of the tries scored as these teams look to press home their advantage or get themselves back into the contest.

The 5/6 for the second half to be the highest scoring is a conservative approach but looks to be a sound option for Saturday’s showdown at Rugby HQ.

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Northampton v Bath odds

Northampton - 4/7
Tie -
20/1
Bath -
6/4

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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