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Nic Ladds 5th Dec 2009 - 9:34

Sharks won't have enough bite to stop the Sarries

Sale Sharks the latest side to face a daunting trip to Vicarage Road to take on undefeated Saracens and odds of 9/4 say that they can beat the home side who are 1/3 to win yet again.

Sale managed to record their first away win against Leeds last time out which ended a 10 game winless streak on the road but how this will differ - going from a trip to the struggling bottom side to the undefeated leaders of the Guinness Premiership.

Sarries welcome back Noah Cato on the wing and he is unsurprisingly favourite with Chris Wyles to score the first try at odds of 12/1, while Kameli Rauvou is 14/1 and the first scoring hero against Wasps, Schalk Brits is as big as 25/1 to go over first.

Sale will unfortunately be without Mark Cueto who would have been a serious attacking threat on the wing for them but nevertheless, Marika Vakacegu (16/1 for first try) and Ben Cohen (12/1) can do some damage as can Matthew Tait (16/1) from the centres.

Home Director of Rugby Brendan Venter has actually picked out Sale fly-half Charlie Hodgson as a big danger - a player who can turn games in an instant - so expect him to be targeted throughout and if Saracens can restrict the ball Hodgson can play then this could be a walkover.

The Sharks will be hoping that Saracens' draw last time against Worcester is signalling a halt in what has so far been a patch of unstoppable form with the South African contingent in the Sarries side really roughing up opposition sides and almost bullying them in to submission - a draw this time around is available at 20/1.

The handicap is set with Saracens giving up seven points at 10/11 and while many may think this is easily achievable it is worth noting that only once at home this season have Saracens beaten a side by more than seven points - Wasps two games ago and even the bottom side Leeds managed to take Venter's side close.

A bet on Sale does not appeal as Saracens don't look like they will lose anytime soon and the last six clashes between these two have been won by the home side but given the manner of the home side's victories this season, a bet on the winning margins market with a victory of 1-5 points looks a good bet at 11/2 while one by 6-10 points is 9/2.

Sale look to be slowly improving and should be able to run Saracens close but the London side have showed no sign of giving up their unbeaten record just yet and they should be able to put their draw last time behind them now back on home turf and a narrow Sarries victory is fancied while Vakacegu looks overpriced to score the first try at 16/1 considering he is playing on the wing.


Vakacegu to score first try - 16/1

Saracens to win by 1-5 points - 11/2


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