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Monday, 10 December, 2018

Quins and Saracens set to put on an attacking showcase

London rivals boosted by returning internationals

Scrum-half Danny Care is Harlequins' creative spark
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Aviva Premiership
BT Sport 1, 3pm Sunday

Saturday's victory for Exeter over Bath has left Saracens trailing the Premiership leaders by ten points and they will go into their clash with Quins at the Stoop aiming to cut that deficit.

Both teams like to run the ball and are boosted by the return of their international cadre so this has the makings of an entertaining and high-scoring game.

Sarries have found themselves falling off the pace set by champions Exeter after losing to the Chiefs last weekend, when a try seven minutes from time sealed their fate after they had led from the eighth minute.

Alarmingly, Saracens had thrown away a winning position the week before too as they dominated the first half at Gloucester only to ship 17 unanswered points after the break.

It's four consecutive defeats in all competitions now for the European champions. Other teams might react to a poor run by going back to basics and playing with limited ambition, but Sarries have always had total faith in their systems and with all their internationals back they are far more likely to go on the front foot.

Quins also welcome back their England players including scrum-half Danny Care who performed so well against Australia and Samoa and can be their creative spark again.

Harlequins' last two Premiership home games have featured nine and 11 tries, and both teams can contribute to a big score.

In the Championship, second-bottom London Scottish are four-point favourites at home to Richmond (Sky Sports Action, 3pm).

Recommendation
Over 48.5 points in Harlequins v Saracens
2pts 10-11 Betfair


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Sarries have always had total faith in their systems and with all their internationals back are far more likely to go on the front foot
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