Aviva Premiership predictions: Tigers and Chiefs handicap picks

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We’ve picked out our Aviva Premiership predictions ahead of Saturday’s play-off semi-finals and will enjoy a pay-out of over 5/2 if our handicap betting tips both come in.

There were plenty of points scored at this stage last year, with Saracens crushing Leicester 44-17 and Exeter beating Wasps 34-23 and those four teams are all involved again.

We’re hoping things will be much tighter this time and are taking the two underdogs with a start in the Premiership play-offs betting markets.

Leicester +9 against Wasps @ 91/100

The Tigers looked in turmoil when closing their European Champions Cup campaign with heavy losses to Racing 92 and Glasgow, but winning the Anglo-Welsh Cup, beating Saracens in the semis and Exeter in the final, saw the feelgood factor return.

Since then, they have finished off the regular Premiership season with four wins in five, thanks to a forward pack that has got better and better as the campaign has progressed, plus the accurate boot of Freddie Burns.

Wasps can always turn on the style if getting on top, but Leicester could keep this tight and head coach Matt O’Connor insisted: “We’ve demonstrated over the past month that we are capable of pushing anyone.”

Exeter +5 against Saracens @ 91/100

The Chiefs found Sarries just too hot to handle in the first half of last year’s final, but the feeling is that they have matured mentally and physically going into this season’s play-offs.

“I have a feeling that the players would be genuinely disappointed not to win the Premiership this season,” said head coach Rob Baxter. “I can’t honestly say that was the case last year. We were on an adventure, then.”

Obviously, Saracens will also be full of confidence after a second straight European Champions Cup success, but that may have taken a fair bit out of them and Baxter has spoken about exploiting that by making this a physical encounter.

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Tony has been a journalist for more than 25 years, with past positions including Press Association betting editor, Teletext Sport betting editor and Sport Newspapers deputy racing editor. A Manchester United and Salford Red Devils supporter, he spends much of his spare time walking his two pet greyhounds.

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