Bath v Leicester Betting: Odds suggest a close match is in store at The Rec

The heavyweight Aviva Premiership clash between Bath and Leicester at The Rec on Saturday afternoon looks set to be a tight encounter. Paddy Power bookmakers have little to choose between the two sides in the betting, with play-off chasing Bath marginal favourites at 4/5 and table topping Leicester priced evens, with the unlikely draw a slightly tempting 20/1.

Fifth placed Bath are pushing hard for a play-off place and look well set to reach that top four with five rounds of matches left and games in hand on the sides above them. They have been on a fine run of form of late, winning five in a row before a 34-22 defeat to bitter rivals Gloucester recently ended that streak. They have won their last four at The Rec and are desperate to extend that to five against Leicester.

They had gone eight games without beating Leicester in all competitions before they finally beat them 26-12 in the Anglo Welsh Cup last month. Both sides were missing their Six Nations stars for that match but most of them return this weekend and Bath will welcome back the influential figure of Matt Banahan. The England international could find tries hard to come by on Saturday though as the last two Premiership fixtures between these two has failed to see a single try scored and no try being scored this weekend is extremely tempting at 17/1 in the betting with Paddy Power.

The last Premiership fixture between the two teams was dominated by the boot as Leicester's Toby Flood kicked six penalties and a drop goal to give the Tigers a 21-15 win at Welford Road in October. Flood returns to the Leicester side this weekend, as do fellow Six Nations champions Ben Youngs, Dan Cole and Tom Croft. Martin Castrogiovanni and Louis Deacon miss out however.

Leicester are feeling the pressure at the top of the table as their defeat to Saracens recently saw Saracens close the gap to just two points. The Tigers may be unbeaten away from home since October but they have failed to win at The Rec since March 2006 and a double result of a half time and full time Bath win is tempting at 7/5 with PaddyPower.com.

We fancy Bath could edge this encounter between the only two sides who have both reached the Premiership semi-finals in each of the past three seasons. The winning margin of 1-5 points to Bath is available at 4/1 in the betting, while Bath are available at 10/11 in the handicap betting with a handicap of -1 points which shows just how close a match could be in store.

Bath v Leicester Tips

Tip #1: No try scored in the match @ 17/1 with PaddyPower.com
Tip #2: Bath to win by 1-5 points @ 4/1 with PaddyPower.com
Tip #3: Double result of a half time and full time Bath win @ 7/5 with PaddyPower.com

Bath v Leicester Odds

Match Betting

4/5 Bath
20/1 Draw
Evens Leicester

Handicap Odds

10/11 Bath -1
10/11 Leicester +1
20/1 Draw

Winning Margin Odds

4/1 Bath by 1-5 points
9/2 Bath by 6-10 points
15/2 Bath by 11-15 points
10/1 Bath by 16-20 points
4/1 Leicester by 1-5 points
5/1 Leicester by 6-10 points
8/1 Leicester by 11-15 points
12/1 Leicester by 16-20 points

Odds supplied by PaddyPower.com, who provide a variety of betting markets for this match and all the weekend's Aviva Premiership fixtures.

Posted: Friday, 25th March 2011
Author: Chris James

Archive - Previous 5 Rugby-union Articles

Warren Gatland's Wales Take On Troubled French At Stade De France France v Wales Odds In form Welsh could upset the betting and win in Paris
Warren Gatland's Wales Take On Troubled French At Stade De France
17th Mar
England Look To Seal First Grand Slam Win Since 2003 At The Aviva Stadium Ireland v England Betting Martin Johnsons side odds on to win and seal Grand Slam glory
England Look To Seal First Grand Slam Win Since 2003 At The Aviva Stadium
17th Mar
Scotland Last Finished Bottom Of The Six Nations Table In 2007 Scotland v Italy Odds Scots favourites in the betting for wooden spoon clash
Scotland Last Finished Bottom Of The Six Nations Table In 2007
17th Mar
Johnson’s Team Can Set Up Grand Slam With Win At Twickenham England v Scotland Odds Calcutta Cup win beckons England in latest Six Nations Clash
Johnson’s Team Can Set Up Grand Slam With Win At Twickenham
11th Mar
Brian O'Driscoll Good Value To Score A Try Anytime As He Looks To Equal A Six Nations Record Wales v Ireland Betting ODriscoll and co could upset the odds and win in Cardiff
Brian O'Driscoll Good Value To Score A Try Anytime As He Looks To Equal A Six Nations Record
10th Mar

Headline News

Benfica V Manchester United Betting Preview Manchester United to outclass Benfica in Champions League clash
Benfica V Manchester United Betting Preview
Chelsea V Roma Betting Preview Chelsea To Edge A Tight Champions League Clash With Roma
Chelsea V Roma Betting Preview
2017 CJ Cup Betting Preview Patrick Reed Ranks As Our Best Bet For The Inaugural CJ Cup
2017 CJ Cup Betting Preview
2017 Andalucia Masters Betting Preview Valderrama Course Form Will Be Key For The Returning Andalucia Masters
2017 Andalucia Masters Betting Preview
Everton V Lyon Betting Preview Lyon To Pile The Pressure On Roland Koeman At Goodison Park
Everton V Lyon Betting Preview

Bookmaker Offers

  • Sign up to Bet365
  • Best price on every horse from 10am, for all ITV races.
  • Live in-play betting on thousands of markets.

Open Account - £- Sign up now

  • Deposit and place an initial bet of between £10 and £20
  • If your bet loses, Paddy Power will refund your stake, up to a maximum of £20
  • Unlike most other offers, your stake is returned to you as cash!

Open Account - £20 Risk Free Bet

  • Deposit and place a initial bet of £10
  • Coral will provide you with £30 in free bets
  • Visit Coral for full details

Open Account - £30 Free Bet

  • Enter the Promo Code F50 as you register
  • Place an initial bet of £10 or more
  • Ladbrokes will provide you a free bet of up to £50
  • Bet £50 and get £50 in free bets

Open Account - £50 Free Bet

  • Deposit and place a initial bet of £10
  • BetVictor will provide you with a £40 in bonus funds
  • In addition to this BetVictor will also provide you with a £10 casino bonus

Open Account - £40 Free Bet

  • Deposit and place a initial bet of £10
  • Betfred will provide you with a £30 free bet that can be used on any sport
  • You also get a £30 free casino bonus

Open Account - £60 Signup Offer

  • Enter the Promo Code C30 as you register a new account
  • Place an initial bet of £10
  • William Hill will give you three £10 free bets

Open Account - £30 Free Bet

  • Register and place 5 x £10 single bets.
  • Betfair will give you a £20 free bet
  • This can be reapted up to 5 times (5 x £20 free bets)
  • New customers only

Open Account - £100 In Free Bets

Online Casino

Online Casino Blackjack and Roulette Games

Those looking for some online casino entertainment ought to check out all the latest UK Casino Sign Up offers from the top operators including 32Red and many of the sports betting casinos.

There is excellent information, should you be interested in playing online blackjack, roulette, the best progressives or slots - Online Casino Betting with the best introductory offers

Sports Calendar - Betting Fixtures