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Billy Vunipola is available for Saracens against Harlequins
Free rugby tips, best bets and analysis for Saturday’s Premiership and United Rugby Championship matches.
where to watch
Harlequins versus Saracens
BT Sport 3, 3 p.m. Saturday
united rugby league
Premier Sport, Saturday
Saracens win by 1 to 12 points 3 p.m. Saturday
1pt 8-5 bet fred
Cardiff -1 v Munster 3:05 p.m. Saturday
1pt 10-11 bet fred
Saturday betting preview
Saracens start their season in a Harlequins side who already have a win under their belt, but the visitors have gotten the better of that London rivalry in recent years and can claim victory at the Twickenham Stoop.
It was a case of a new season, the same old Quins last week as Harlequins ran in six tries but dispatched five in a 40-31 win at Newcastle.
It’s a tougher test and the hosts will once again be without international half-back duo Danny Care, who is out injured, and Marcus Smith, who is still out after the summer tour of England.
Sarries can field Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje and Billy Vunipola, while Jamie George and Mako Vunipola are among the advanced substitutes who can keep the physical pressure on Quins for 80 minutes.
There are plenty of dangerous players in the Quins backline – England’s Joe Marchant returns to the back three with Tyrone Green and Cadan Murley, while center Lennox Anyanwu capped his impressive debut last week with a try.
Quins’ try-scoring ability can still keep them in games – eight of their nine losses last season were by a margin of one to 12 points – but Sarries looks to have the edge and can claim a narrow victory.
Match of the day in the United Rugby Championship appears to be Cardiff versus Munster (3:05 p.m., Premier Sports & BBC Wales).
Malakai Fekitoa starts for the first time at Munster under new coach Graham Rowntree, but most of the Irish team’s international executives are absent.
By comparison, summer signings Taulupe Faletau and Liam Williams are starting out in a strong Cardiff squad and the hosts could be worth backing as they look to improve on last season’s poor showing.
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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 4:35 PM, SEPTEMBER 16, 2022