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Friday, 19 October, 2018

Bath can offer solid resistance in clash at Exeter

Munster too strong for depleted Ospreys

Bath have been solid in defence this season
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Exeter v Bath
BT Sport 2, 2pm Saturday
Wasps v Leicester
BT Sport 2, 4.30pm Saturday
Munster v Ospreys
Sky Sports Action, 5.30pm Saturday

Exeter's victory at Saracens last week gave them a five-point cushion at the top of the Premiership table and they are ten-point favourites to follow that up with a win over Bath.

But this could be a closer contest as Bath, even without number eight Taulupe Faletau, have power in their pack and in defence to hold out.

They limited Exeter to just one try in both fixtures last season, and two of their three defeats this term have been by a single point.

Wasps take on Leicester in part two of Saturday's Premiership double-header and Tigers back-rower Valentino Mapapalangi looks a decent price to score his first try for the club.

The Tongan is a powerful runner and can break holes in a Wasps defence that can be vulnerable to big physical pressure.

In the Pro14 the Ospreys travel to Munster just a week after being taken apart 47-6 at home by a Glasgow second string.

They are still without their internationals while Munster are able to call on their international cadre, with Ian Keatley and John Ryan among the starters. 

It's coach Johann van Graan’s first home game in charge and the players are sure to want to warm up for next week's European Champions Cup home clash with Leicester with a dominant display. Van Graan may well use his bench to the full and keep something in reserve for next week, but a single-figure first-half handicap should be passed with some ease.

Recommendations
Exeter to win by one to 12 points
1pt 2-1 Coral, Ladbrokes
V Mapapalangi to score a try in Wasps v Leicester
1pt 11-2 BoyleSports
Munster -8 on first-half handicap
2pts 10-11 Sky Bet


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They limited Exeter to just one try in both fixtures last season, and two of their three defeats this term have been by a single point
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