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Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Waldrom can drive Exeter to victory over Leicester

Physical contest on cards at Sandy Park

Thomas Waldrom is a major tryscoring threat for Exeter
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Exeter v Leicester
BT Sport 1, 3pm Sunday
Cardiff v Scarlets
BBC2 Wales & Sky Sports Action, 3.15pm Sunday

Champions of England Exeter will look back on 2017 fondly and they are nine-point favourites to end their title-winning year with victory against Leicester.

Both clubs suffered back-to-back defeats to Irish opposition in the European Champions Cup window this month but while Exeter bounced straight back with victory at Northampton last week, Leicester's losing run was extended to five with a home defeat to Saracens.

The Chiefs have turned their Sandy Park home into a fortress, winning all five Premiership games there this season by a double-figure margin and running in a total of 24 tries.

Forecast showers and gusting winds may inhibit their attacking ambitions a little, but one weapon that can be effective whatever the weather is their driving maul. Saracens were able to get on top of the Tigers in the set-piece last week and Exeter are just as physical a unit and can get on the front foot.

Ex-Tiger Thomas Waldrom is back in the Chiefs line-up and he is so often at the back of that now-famed drive that he looks a decent price at 3-1 to get on the scoresheet.

It's derby day in Wales, starting with a showdown between Cardiff and the Scarlets.

After a shaky start to the season the Blues have won three of their last four Pro14 matches although without ever looking entirely convincing.

Scarlets' only Pro14 defeats have come in difficult trips to Belfast and Bloemfontein and bookmakers can barely split the rivals, making hosts Cardiff the narrowest of favourites.

In the day's other Pro14 derby Dragons are six-point favourites at home to Ospreys (S4C, 5.35pm Sunday).

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