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Saracens v Harlequins: Prediction, Tips and Odds

Saracens and Harlequins meet in The Showdown 4 on Saturday, with two of the Premiership's big boys showcasing their talents in front of a bumper crowd at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

After the league's pause for the Six Nations, Sarries resume their campaign fourth in standings, two places and a point behind Quins.

The absences of several World Cup stars resulted in a slow start for Sarries, while inconsistency was an issue heading into the break.

However, they reiterated their ability to pull of timely results as they beat Lyon to continue their Champions Cup campaign, before defeating Exeter in their most recent league game.

While Exeter are familiar foes, fans will argue that Quins are closer to the old rival category and play the type of aspirational, free-flowing rugby Sarries have aimed to employ over the last 18 months.

Quins eased through the final batch of European games, but then lost by a point to Leicester and the fear is that their unpredictability could cost this exciting yet inconsistent side in the play-off shake-up.

Saracens v Harlequins

Saracens v Harlequins betting tips and predictions

Saracens -8.5 @ 10/11

This derby is billed as one of the standout fixtures in the domestic calendar and the venue justifies that status.

Always two of the biggest draws in town, Saracens' traditional physical approach has seen them cast as the proverbial Goliath against the more mercurial David-like Harlequins.

The boys from Twickenham will always look to entertain by putting something on for the crowd, while their rivals have built their success on dominating territory and then fizzing the ball out to backs capable of running straight over their direct rivals.

Not so these days, though, with the arch-pragmatist himself, Owen Farrell, the primary architect of his side's more fluent approach.

Watching games between these sides often feel like the middle of a Pixar movie - the big guy always prevails.

Quins fans are still waiting for their happy ending and, for all their talent, Sarries' ability to hunt their opponents down often makes Harlequins the perfect prey.

The hosts won the reverse match 38-10 and another comfortable victory is forecast.

Andy Christie anytime try scorer @ 9/4

Scotland's poor end to the Six Nations could have been worse were it not for Andy Christie's performances, who came into his own when elevated to the starting XV.

A great 'glue' player who can feature across the back-row, the 24-year-old has become more noticeable in recent months and is rightly getting the plaudits.

His carrying gets his side over the gain-line, while he is a constant nuisance around the breakdown.

Christie has only managed one Sarries try in 2023/24, but that came in the reverse fixture.

Selected as a replacement on Saturday, his abrasiveness could punish a tiring defence and, after also crossing in this fixture last season, carries plenty of value to touch down again. 

Caden Murley anytime try scorer @ 7/4

Of equal interest from a tryscorer angle is Quins' Caden Murley. Opposite wing Louis Lynagh has been in the headlines after impressing for Italy, but Murley was sidelined from England duty.

In fairness, the 24-year-old has hardly found his form this season, but did score a try in the pair's Premiership Rugby Cup clash in October.

He also went over four times across their two league meetings last season and is 12/1 to score two or more again.

With an open game expected, Murley could be a man to watch and seems to enjoy playing against Sarries.

Confident Lynagh could also cross and is available at 2/1 in the anytime market, but his colleague has a point to prove and is worth a look.

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Saracens v Harlequins odds

Saracens - 3/10
Tie -
25/1
Harlequins -
13/5

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