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Saracens head Exeter Chiefs in Premiership betting

By Paul Smith
Trophy-winning Saracens show their delight after winning the 2018/19 Gallagher Premiership (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

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Despite their one-season hiatus in the Championship, Saracens have been installed as bookies’ favourites to immediately regain the Gallagher Premiership title.

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Mark McCall’s team, who are available at a best price of 9/4 with Betway, are generally considered a 2/1 shot to top the pile at Twickenham next spring.

Following their salary cap breach, the ‘Men in Black’ have offloaded some big-name players including Will Skelton, Liam Williams, George Kruis and Ben Spencer.

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They also face being without Lions stars Maro Itoje, Jamie George, Mako Vunipola, Elliot Daly and Owen Farrell until their mandatory rest periods finish in mid-October.

But despite this – and the inevitability that their squad will be depleted during the autumn internationals and Six Nations – Mark McCall’s team are just ahead of the Exeter Chiefs at the head of the market.

Last season’s Premiership runners-up are available at 5/2 in a number of places – although Betway make Rob Baxter’s team joint favourites with Sarries.

The markets are also viewing Harlequins’ 2020/21 title win with some scepticism since they are no higher than fifth favourites in most books.

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Bet 365 have the defending champions priced as high as 14/1 to retain their crown.

This means beaten semi-finalists Bristol Bears (5/1) and Sale Sharks (13/2) are both available at a considerably shorter price.

Leicester’s progress to sixth place under new boss Steve Borthwick has cut little ice with the market makers who price the Tigers between 18 and 25/1 to lift the trophy.

The full market is shown below:

Saracens2/1
Exeter5/2
Bristol9/2
Sale13/2
Harlequins14/1
Wasps20/1
Leicester20/1
Northampton20/1
Bath25/1
Gloucester50/1
London Irish100/1
Newcastle100/1
Worcester100/1

 

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