Sarries to claim Twickenham spoils

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Brad Barritt
Brad Barritt is a doubt for Saturday's final

Saturday sees the Gallagher Premiership season conclude as Saracens and Exeter meet at Twickenham.

The pair breezed past Gloucester and Northampton respectively in the semi-finals and this will be the third time in four years they have clashed in the domestic finale.

Sarries have come out on top on both occasions and the omens suggest it will be a similar story at the weekend.

Saracens -6.5 @ 10/13

Mark McCall’s side have again proved themselves to be a team for the big stage this term, beating Leinster 20-10 to be crowned European champions on May 11 and they are now aiming for a second European-domestic double.

They oozed class last week in dismissing the Cherry and Whites 44-19 and their magnificent defence should be strong enough to repel the Chiefs, despite doubts over skipper Brad Barritt who is managing a hamstring issue.

Even Northampton boss Chris Boyd raised his doubts as to whether Exeter will be able to blast through at Twickenham after seeing his side slammed 42-12 at Sandy Park.

Of course, they do have quality in the back-line but whether they can perform without an adequate platform is doubtful.

Saracens first to score @ 20/29

The pair met on May 4 and Sarries ran out 38-7 winners but little should be read into that as they both fielded under-trength teams.

Exeter won their initial meeting before Christmas 31-13 and that was the fourth straight time they had beaten their rivals on their own patch but on neutral territory they do not play with the same assuredness.

Rob Baxter’s side did win the Twickenham showpiece 23-20 after extra time in 2017 but that was against Wasps and it is tough to see it being anything other than Sarries’ day at HQ.

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