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Nic Ladds 23rd Oct 2009 - 17:46

Get stuck in to double helpings of Guinness Premiership

Two portions of Guinness Premiership rugby for us to get stuck in to this weekend and while you may be thinking that we can't top the glamour of the Heineken Cup, we have two real belters to get involved in and here we have a look at where your money should go.

London Irish v Leicester - 15:15 live on Sky Sports 2

London Irish look to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Scarlets in the Heineken Cup with victory at odds of 8/15 and they face a tough task against Leicester Tigers who are 11/8.

The Exiles threw away a lead and a golden opportunity to top the Heineken Cup pool last weekend which can mainly be put down to a catalogue of errors which gifted Scarlets ample opportunity to kick at goal.

This was a far cry from the disciplined performance that saw them beat Leinster away and Leicester will know if they can put Irish under pressure then those cracks could begin to show again.

This looks sure to be close with the handicap set with Irish giving up four points at odds of 10/11, while Leicester are also 10/11 in receipt of the four.

The Tigers ran in six tries against Viadana last week which should help them out of their lull of not scoring any and Johne Murphy as usual is one of the favourites to set the ball rolling at 12/1 to go over first, with Scott Hamilton who scored three last time out available at 16/1 or 11/4 to score anytime.

Irish meanwhile have the devastating Saliosi Tagicakibau who will no doubt have an army of followers in the first try market at 11/1 or 2/1 to over anytime, while Tom Homer is 12/1 and Elvis Sevalai'i who score last week is 14/1.

The home side are buoyed by the return of Steffon Armitage after completing his EPS rest requirement, and he is one of five changes which includes Clarke Dermody, Danie Coetzee and Paulica Ion coming back in to the front row to make Irish's pack look formidable while Dan Hipkiss is the most notable returner for Leicester.

This will certainly be close but at home Irish are fancied to continue their brilliant start to the season and a winning margin of 6-10 at 9/2 or 11-15 looks right at 7/1, while they are fancied to cover the four points deficit on the handicap at 10/11.

London Irish v Leicester betting

Gloucester v Wasps - 17:35 live on Sky Sports 1

Our second instalment of Guinness Premiership action sees 4/6 Gloucester entertain 6/5 Wasps who have made an excellent start to the campaign so far, losing just one game.

Gloucester meanwhile have looked a shadow of the team they were last year having just won against Newport at home two weeks ago before being thumped by Biarritz, and the immediate thought is that Wasps look a great bet.

The handicap has Gloucester giving up three points at 10/11 while Wasps are 10/11 in with three point head start which looks a solid bet given that they have lost just once so far this season and that was away to the rampant London Irish.

Each side won it's respective home game when these two met last season but Gloucester were a stronger side then and they have lost two of their last three at Kingsholm meaning Wasps will fancy their chances.

James Simpson - Daniel and Tom Voyce will do their best to create chances in the back line and the pair are 14/1 and 16/1 respectively to go over first, while Wasps welcome back David Lemi on the wing at 11/1 to score first try with Paul Sackey 12/1 but a bet on Serge Betsen to go over first at 25/1 is worth a punt as he managed against Worcester two games ago.

Brian Redpath has talked up Gloucester's performance in defeat but in reality they are poor although the return of Carlos Spencer at fly half will help them but Wasps are fancied to win by around 6-10 points at 6/1, while backing them on the handicap receiving three points looks a cracking bet.

Gloucester v Wasps betting


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