The Aviva Premiership may only be 4 games old but already Saracens and the Newcastle Falcons look set to go head to head in the race to be crowned champions.
Both sides have won 3 out of their 4 games so far, with a defeat each as they sit in first and second with 14 points. It’s Saracens who currently sit at the top of the table though due to a far greater difference than that of their nearest rivals.
It was, in fact, Saracens who condemned the Newcastle Falcons to their only defeat so far this campaign. They ran out 29-7 winners away from home back in mid-September to edge ahead in the title race but they themselves had slipped up the week before. Bath had beaten them 31-21 at the Recreation Ground so you could say Saracens did well to beat the Newcastle Falcons with such vigour and purpose and in doing so righted the wrongs of their previous game.
The early dominance of the pair is sure to continue as match day round 5 approaches. Newcastle Falcons host 11th placed London Irish on Friday night, who have so far won 1 game from 3, losing 2. The Saracens have it slightly easier though as they head to Worcester to face the Aviva Premiership’s basement team. The Worcester Warriors have lost 4 out of 4 games so far this season and victory should be pretty easy pickings for the side currently perched at the top of the division. It will also be a great chance for them to further enhance their unrivalled difference that is currently at 71.
Saracens are the clear favourites to win the Aviva Premiership with all reputable sports betting operators. With the early form they are showing you can certainly see why they are expected to end the season successfully but you’d expect other teams to have a say along the way. You can never write any team or individual off in the early stages of any sport, especially rugby union.
The Newcastle Falcons are expected to fall away in their title charge but that doesn’t mean that Saracens will have a clear run at glory. The Exeter Chiefs and London Wasps are already well positioned and they could be the sides to keep an eye on over the course of the campaign. It will be interesting to see how both Newcastle Falcons and Saracens fair on match day round 6 as they are both set to face off against The Chiefs and The Wasps. First up is Exeter Chiefs away for Newcastle Falcons on October the 7th and the day after sees Saracens at home to London Wasps.
The fixtures will be more of a test of Newcastle Falcons than Saracens. If the former can manage to pull off a result away at Exeter, they will definitely be considered the real deal. The latter taking on London Wasps is sure to be one of the fixtures of the season and could be very telling come to the end of the Aviva Premiership campaign.