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Two playoff contenders meet at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena this Sunday as Dai Young’s Wasps side meet their geographical rivals Leicester in a Premiership match that promises to feature plenty of points and even more missed tackles. Both these sides have one win and one defeat so far this season, and most Wasps vs Leicester Tigers betting tips will favour the home side to pick up their second victory of the season against an opponent still getting used to new management.

Wasps vs Leicester Tigers Best Odds

16. September 2018 | 15:00
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Tip:
Wasps (-6) win
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First Score: Wasps Penalty
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Christian Wade First Try
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The points spread for this weekend’s game sees Wasps favoured by six points. Given their home advantage, that seems like it could be an underestimate if Leicester play anything like they did in their atrocious season-opener at Exeter. Pick the hosts to beat the handicap, at 10/11 with Betway. You can also get some decent odds on the “who” and “how” of the game’s first score. The home side, with a penalty, offers the Wasps vs Leicester Tigers best odds of the day. That’s 21/10 with William Hill, and with the cannon boot of Elliot Daly on the pitch, it seems like a better bet than most. Taking a bigger punt, you can back the first try scorer at Ladbrokes, and it seems perverse not to choose the ever-dangerous Christian Wade. He could find space in a telephone box, so he’ll definitely find it here.

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10/11
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Wasps (-6) win
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21/10
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First Score: Wasps Penalty
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6/1
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Christian Wade First Try
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Wasps vs Leicester Tigers Betting Tips: Form Guide

Sluggish Start For Wasps

Although Wasps have won one and lost the other game so far this season, the irony is that they probably looked better last week at the Ricoh, in losing and conceding six tries, than they did in Week One. In that opening day visit to Worcester, Wasps relied on a late penalty kick from Billy Searle to avoid defeat at the hands of relegation contenders. Four points in the bag it may have been, but teams with an ambition to win the top honours should not be relying on a rookie fly-half to land a clutch penalty at Sixways. Play as loosely as that against most Premiership teams, and fall behind 13-0 in the opening quarter as they did there, and Wasps won’t find a way back.

Then there’s the first home game, last week against title contenders Exeter. The visitors showed why they’re so highly-rated, scoring tries with running rugby and  pugnacious forward drives, and taking every opportunity Wasps allowed them. In return, Young’s men scored four tries of their own, gaining a bonus point, but lost marquee signing Brad Shields for at least the next few weeks with a broken cheekbone. A defeat against a team of Exeter’s class is to be expected, and was probably budgeted for. The absence of as important a player as Shields will be less tolerable for the Coventry-based side.

As far as Wasps vs Leicester Tigers betting tips go, the hosts are still rightly favourites. With Joe Launchbury and James Gaskell in the second row, and runners like Wade, Josh Bassett and Daly behind the former All Black Lima Sopoaga at fly-half, Wasps should have too much for their visitors if they can play a complete, composed 80 minutes.

Tigers Maul Falcons

The first 22 minutes of the Geordan Murphy era at Welford Road were like the man himself – fast, opportunistic and a blast to watch. Just after the halfway point in the first half, Tigers were up by 32 points to seven, with four tries on the board and looking capable of more. They did score a fifth, but conceded as many in a game that should have been put to bed long before the point in the second half when visiting prop Sami Mavinga touched down to narrow the gap to 43-33. In the end, Leicester added a couple of George Ford penalties to put their opposition away for good, but Murphy won’t have been chuffed with the defence in his official first-team coaching debut.

It was a debut considered necessary because former top man Matt O’Connor was sacked in the aftermath of a genuinely awful performance away at Exeter. Like Wasps, Leicester conceded 40+ points, but unlike their Midlands rivals, the Tigers attack was shamefully blunt. Having led 6-0 after two Ford penalties in the first 25 minutes, O’Connor’s men were blanked for the rest of the game, losing by forty points to six. Perhaps sacking O’Connor after one game of the season was hasty. Certainly, not sacking him after a stultifyingly awful 2017/18 season was the bigger error. Murphy will now have a spell as caretaker in which he may yet convince the board to appoint him full-time – although as Aaron Mauger can tell him, full-time in this job isn’t certain to be long-term.

What is certain is that if Leicester attack like they did last week, then Wasps vs Leicester Tigers match previews may be wrong to predict their imminent demise. If they defend like they did last week, then at least George Ford will have ample opportunity to practise his restarts.

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The Last 5 Games

Wasps VS. Leicester Tigers

  • Wasps Form3 wins and 2 losses in the last five matches
  • Wasps Points160 points in the last five matches
  • Leicester Form2 wins and 3 losses in the last five matches
  • Leicester Points140 points in the last five matches
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Wasps vs Leicester Tigers Preview: Recent Meetings

The most recent meeting between these sides came at Welford Road in March, and got off to the best possible start for the hosts when Sione Kalimafoni went over after two minutes. The rest of the first half, though, belonged to Wasps, who scored fifteen unanswered points through two tries from Daly, a conversion from Danny Cipriani and a Jimmy Gopperth penalty. However, Leicester hit back in the second half with three Ford penalties, sneaking ahead by a single point on 76 minutes and holding on for the win.

Earlier in the season, at the Ricoh, it was a much higher-scoring game. Tigers took a ten-point lead through an early Ford penalty and a try from Tom Youngs within thirteen minutes. However, two converted tries – from flanker Nizaam Carr and scrum-half Dan Robson, added to a Daly penalty, sent Wasps in at half-time 17-10 ahead. The second half again saw the visitors start better – two tries, one after an interception, from Jonah Holmes put them into a 22-17 lead. Again, though, Wasps came back at their rivals to secure the win through tries from Daly and Kearnan Myall.

Wasps vs Leicester Tigers Prediction: Solid Home Win

This is a game between two big sides who may well not make the end-of-season playoffs. The truth of the matter is that although both sides have some exceptional individuals, they still seem short in key areas. Both sides have largely favoured big ball-carriers in the back row, despite every team who wins anything, ever, having shown that you need at least one smart groundhog in there, securing ball and turning the opposition over. Nathan Hughes vs David Denton should ensure some weighty collisions, but expect the breakdown to be a complete mess – and not in a good way.

We can certainly see this being a high-scoring game. Down one side of the pitch we have Christian Wade vs Johnny May, who would make for two decent legs of a 4x100m relay team. On the other, Bassett vs Adam Thompstone should be a decent battle too. However, we feel the game will be won in the half-backs, where although Ben Youngs may be the England scrum-half, Dan Robson is the more consistent performer at club level. With Sopoaga a more dynamic presence than Ford, the hosts have a definite advantage in this crucial area, so our Wasps vs Leicester Tigers prediction is for Murphy to taste his first defeat as head coach.

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