Aviva Premiership Season Betting Preview

The 2017/18 Aviva Premiership season gets underway on Friday night and it promises to be an intriguing campaign as Exeter Chiefs bid to successfully defend the first ever title they won last term, while Saracens will be desperate to prove the doubters wrong...

Friday - 7.45pm OddsWon/LostBet
Aviva Premiership    
Tips Saracens To Win Regular Season    Best Bet @ 17 / 10  
Leicester Win Grand Final (each way) @ 14 / 1  

Saracens Are Worthy Favourites

Saracens came up short in the semi-finals last year but they still went on to successfully defend their European Champions Cup crown during what was a relatively successful year for the Men In Black.

Mark McCall will be desperate for the 2015 and 2016 Aviva Premiership champions to confirm their domestic dominance once more though and he has wasted no time in strengthening what is already the strongest squad in English rugby, with the arrival of Liam Williams and Will Skelton more than making up for the departure of Chris Ashton to Toulon.

Saracens are 5/4 to win the Grand Final this season (Betfred) but we fancy there is more value in backing them to win the regular season by finishing top of the table - 17/10 with Unibet - which is something they have done three times in the previous five years.

The Best Of The Rest

Exeter won their maiden Premiership title last season after finishing runners up in 2016 and Rob Baxter's men are 4/1 to win the Grand Final this term, albeit it will be a tough ask for them to successfully defend as they will be a target for most teams now.

Wasps lost out to Exeter in a thrilling final last season and they are 3/1 to go one better following an exciting 2016/17 campaign that saw them score tries for fun, top the table and lose out in extra-time in the finale. Kurtley Beale's departure back to Australia is a massive blow for Dai Young's men though.

It is difficult to see how Northampton can cope with Louis Picamoles' departure to France and Bath will struggle to bounce back from a disappointing second-half of last season, as well as the loss of George Ford.

Bath's loss could be Leicester's gain as the Tigers have snapped up Ford and Jonny May. They reached the semi-finals during an improved run of form under Matt O'Connor towards the back end of last season, narrowly losing to Wasps in the last-four, and they will hope to kick-on under O'Connor, who was part of the Tigers' coaching set-up that won domestic titles in 2009, 2010 and 2013.

Leicester are a tempting 14/1 for the title with Ladbrokes, who go 1/3 the odds on each-way bets if they reach the final.

The Strugglers

Worcestershire again narrowly avoided relegation following some improved performances under Gary Gold but it has been a summer of upheaval in the Midlands and they have lost some key players.

The Warriors are 2/1 to finish bottom (Betway) and it will be a battle between them and newly promoted London Irish (4/5) to avoid relegation.

2017/18 Aviva Premiership Grand Final Winner Odds

Posted: Friday, 1st September 2017
Author: Chris Knight

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