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Northampton Saints v Saracens: Prediction, Tips and Odds

Two contenders for the Premiership crown go head-to-head on Friday night as Northampton Saints welcome Saracens to Franklin’s Gardens.

Despite a 52-21 defeat at Bristol Bears in their last outing, Northampton remain at the top of the Premiership table heading towards the business end of the season.

Welcoming back their international stars after the rigours of the Six Nations, Saints will be handed a much-needed boost for the arrival of Saracens.

Sarries impressed in their first game after the conclusion of the Six Nations with an emphatic 52-7 win over Harlequins at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

An end-to-end contest looks to be in store under the lights at Franklin’s Gardens on Friday, in a match in which home advantage could prove all the difference.

Northampton Saints v Saracens

Northampton Saints v Saracens betting tips and predictions

Northampton to win - 8/5

Having won 18-12 at StoneX Stadium back in December, Northampton will be looking to complete a Premiership double for the season against Sarries this week.

Saints have managed to win two of the last three meetings between these strong sides, with Northampton running out 38-29 winners the last time these sides met in the East Midlands.

Northampton may have suffered that heavy loss at Bristol last time out but they were missing some of their international stars.

Saints were on a 10-match winning run in all competitions before that loss at Ashton Gate and boss Phil Dowson will be determined to see his side get back to winning ways at the first time of asking.

Fraser Dingwall returning to the centres is a massive boost for the hosts, who also have England’s Finn Smith pulling the strings at fly-half.

It will be interesting to see how Smith goes against his experienced opposite number in Owen Farrell, who will be leaving for Racing 92 at the end of the season.

With Dingwall outside him, and an electric back-three of Ollie Sleightholme, Tommy Freeman and James Ramm, Smith has some real weapons at his disposal.

Northampton’s backline could prove the difference and, with the benefit of a passionate Franklin’s Gardens crown behind them, back the Saints to march on to victory here.

Ollie Sleightholme anytime tryscorer -11/8

A tryscorer in Northampton’s win at Sarries in December, Sleightholme will be eager to add to his tally against the London outfit this week.

Sleightholme currently leads the Premiership in the try charts, with the 23-year-old already scoring seven this season.

The Saints winger has scored three tries in the last five meetings between these sides, including a brace in a 58-34 win at Franklin’s Gardens in October 2022.

Given his scoring record this season and in this fixture in the past, Sleightholme is certainly worth considering in the anytime tryscorer market.

Sean Maitland anytime tryscorer - 11/8

Another player to look out for in this market is the more experienced Scotland international Sean Maitland, with the 35-year-old named in the starting line-up for Friday’s game.

Maitland failed to score against Saints earlier this season but in their previous meeting he bagged a brace of tries in a 38-15 win at StoneX.

The former British & Irish Lions winger also bagged a first-half brace against Harlequins last week so he’s in fine form and is good value to add to his try tally against Northampton on Friday.

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Northampton Saints v Saracens odds

Northampton Saints

8/5

Tie

20/1

Saracens

8/15

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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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