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Nic Ladds 2nd Oct 2009 - 18:42

Battling Quins can hang Bath out to dry

A clash between two teams with lofty expectations who have both started poorly this season and as a result both Harlequins and Bath are at odds of 10/11 in the match betting.

With a scratch handicap this really could go either way with Harlequins yet to win a game but have showed great fighting spirit, while Bath have won just one game but have a lethal back line capable of winning games on their own.

Quins showed great fighting spirit to come from behind and snatch a draw against Newcastle last time and they will be buoyed by the fact that Mike Brown comes back from injury at full back (16/1 to score first try), which means Ugo Monye can move back to the wing and is 11/1 to go over first from his preferred position with David Strettle also at 11/1.

Bath also tinker with their line up with the colossal Matt Banahan moving back to the wing to allow Matt Carraro to come back at number 13 and the pair are 11/1 and 14/1 respectively to score the first try.

'Quins can take heart from the fact Bath have won just once at the Stoop in the Premiership in eight visits and have won the last three encounters with the visitors.

The away side do come in better form though having won 25-12 against Sale and drawn with Leicester but they have not won back-to-back away game in the Premiership since this time last year.

This looks sure to be close and those who fancy yet another draw could be rewarded at 18/1 while a winning margin of 1-5 or 6-10 points to the home side or the away side can be backed at 9/2 and 11/2 respectively.

The dozen winning margins market could be the safer option and whichever way you fancy it to go, a winning margin of 1-12 points is available at 21/10 for both teams.

A wager on Bath/Harlequins on the double result market could be worthwhile given 'Quins ability to come back in a scrap and they could find themselves behind early if their defence is not ready to deal with the potent threat of Bath's attack.

It is unthinkable for Harlequins fans that they can fail to win in six Guinness Premiership encounters and the crowd will be right behind their team and they need to put the whole 'Bloodgate' saga behind them and start winning some points.

Given their fantastic record against Bath preference is for the home side to win a bruising encounter although they may once again have to do it the hard way and leave it late on to snatch the points.


Harlequins to win by 1-12 points - 21/10

Bath/Harlequins double result - 11/2


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