2017-12-18 by Phantom
M1: Newcastle Falcons v Harlequins
Both of these teams have won five and lost five matches in the AVIVA Premiership. They are both on 24 points. They do however play in different European leagues. Newcastle won in the Challenge Cup last weekend while Harlequins were beaten in the much stronger Champions Cup. Play wide.
M2: Northampton v Exeter
Exeter are on top of the AVIVA Premiership log and they are going particularly well despite behind beaten by Leinster in Europe last week. Northampton are battling. They are 10th on the log and despite some sound performances in the Champions Cup that form has not been translated across domestically.
M3: Sale v Bath
Bath were monumental in beating Toulon in a ripper last weekend at The Rec. They face much easier opposition here in the form of Sale who do not look to have the firepower to compete. Banker Bath in all bets.
M4: Wasps v Glocester
Gloucester have surprised everybody this season under Johann Ackermann and they face Wasps who have underperformed badly this season. Wasps are more than capable of winning if everything clicks. And they will click soon. Surely. But on form, Gloucester could continue their good form.
M5: Bordeaux v La Rochelle
La Rochelle have been the team that everybody is talking about in Europe. They are brilliant at home and very good away from home. Bordeaux are also going along fairly nicely but form suggests that the away team will hold sway.