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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Manu Tuilagi eager to get in on the action for Leicester at Wasps

Expect plenty of scores between evenly-matched rivals

Manu Tuilagi was on the scoresheet for Leicester against Newcastle in round two
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Leicester took the first steps towards recovery after an opening-day drubbing and the shock exit of head coach Matt O'Connor with victory over Newcastle last week, but they face another tough test against Wasps.

Recent meetings between these rivals have been tight - the last three have been settled by no more than seven points - and both sides have shown the combined attributes of a sharp cutting edge in attack coupled with a leaky defence.

Leicester shipped six unanswered tries in defeat at Exeter in round one, and while they got back on track against Newcastle last week, they scored five and conceded five in a 49-33 victory. Wasps were undone by last season's table-toppers Exeter at home last week, scoring four tries and allowing six.

High-scoring games has been a trait in the opening rounds this season and these teams look set to keep that up. Wasps are five-point handicap favourites but in a contest between such evenly-matched teams it may come down to who happens to be in front when the music stops so it may pay to focus on the tryscorer markets.

Manu Tuilagi gave a reminder of what Leicester and England have been missing during his long injury layoff in last week's victory and he will be eager to get at a Wasps midfield featuring debutant Michael Le Bourgeois.

Wasps wingers Christian Wade and Josh Bassett are short prices to get in on the action but full-back Elliot Daly is generously priced at
2-1 to follow up his effort last week.

Recommendations
M Tuilagi to score a try
1pt 11-4 Sky Bet
E Daly to score a try
1pt 2-1 Betfair


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