Exeter Chiefs (@1.2) vs Harlequins (@4.5)
19-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Exeter Chiefs will win

Exeter Chiefs – Harlequins Match Prediction | 19-10-2019 10:00

Kyle Sinckler, 4. Now we look forward to the visit of the league leaders. Mitch Lees, 5. "Also, everyone is aware of guys like Danny Care and Mike Brown and the threats they bring. Assistant Referees: Adam Leal & Wayne Falla. Exeter Chiefs' only defeat in any competition this season is 25-29 in Castres in round 2 of the European Champions Cup. Ollie Atkins, 20. We have devoted a lot of time to our attack framework this week and continue to commit as much time to our attack as we do defence to maintain the strong tradition we have with attacking rugby which is the soul of the Club. Dave Ward, 3. Marcus Street, 19. Lewis Boyce, 18. Ollie DevotoWhat we've said - Paul GustardWe were frustrated last week at Worcester where we dominated possession and territory but failed to maximise the opportunities of the nine clean breaks we made against a well organised defence. HarlequinsHead of Rugby: Paul GustardLeague position: 5th (19 points)Top try scorer: Joe Marchant (5 tries)Top points scorer: Marcus Smith (101 points)Exeter ChiefsDirector of Rugby: Rob BaxterLeague position: 1st (38 points)Top try scorer in the Gallagher Premiership: Sam Simmonds (5 tries)Top points scorer in the Gallagher Premiership: Gareth Steenson (67 points)FormHarlequins have won just twice in Gallagher Premiership Rugby since Round 1: at Gloucester in Round 5 and at home to Newcastle in Round 7. Charlie Mulchrone, 22. Matt Kvesic16. Alex Dombrandt, 7. Nathan Earle, 10. Gabriel Ibitoye, 13. Elvis Taione, 17. Cadan MurleyExeter Chiefs 15. The Londoners have won just three of their last nine home matches in the tournament. Danny Care; 1. Ian Whitten, 12. Jack Maunder, 22. Dave Dennis, 6. Phil Dollman, 14. Nic White; 1. Don Armand, 8. Francis Saili, 11. Tom Lawday, 21. Dave Ewers, 7. Mike Brown, 14. Joe Marler, 2. Joe Marchant, 12. The Chiefs have not lost away from home in Gallagher Premiership Rugby since a visit to Wasps on 18th February. TMO: Keith Lewis. Matt Symons, 5. James Lang, 9. Alex Cuthbert, 10. It is one we relish as a squad. What they've said - Rob Baxter"Theyve obviously had a change of coaching staff with Paul coming in and you can see straight away that their defensive stats are hugely different to that of last season. Moray Low, 2. James Chisholm (c)16. Sam Hill, 11. I have huge respect for Rob Baxter and his Exeter team present a very strong challenge. Semi Kunatani, 21. Jack Clifford, 8. Phil Swainston, 19. Ben Glynn, 20. Max Crumpton, 17. Joe Marler is back full-time with them now and very much up and running, so there is quality running through their side and theyll be a danger to anybody if youre not switched on."Match OfficialsReferee: Ian Tempest. Straight away that means they are a harder team to play against because there is no guarantee of points unless youre willing to work very hard. Jack Yeandle (c), 3. Joe Simmonds, 9. Exeter have won their last eight Premiership Rugby matches against Harlequins since Quins won by a single point in a 29-30 victory at Sandy Park in May 2014.Line-upsHarlequins 15. Greg Holmes, 4. Gareth Steenson, 23. George Merrick, 6. Tom O'Flaherty, 13. Marcus Smith, 23. Billy Keast, 18.

The Chiefs have not lost away from home in Premiership Rugby since a visit to Wasps on 18 February. The Londoners have won just three of their last nine home games in the tournament. Exeter Chiefs only defeat in any competition this season is 25-29 in Castres in Round Two of the European Champions Cup. Form: Harlequins have won just twice in Premiership Rugby since Round One at Gloucester in Round Five and at home to Newcastle in Round Seven. Exeter have won their last eight Premiership Rugby matches against Harlequins since Quins won by a single point in 59 at Sandy Park in May 2014.

Matchday preview: Exeter Chiefs v Harlequins

Straight away that means they are a harder team to play against because there is no guarantee of points unless youre willing to work very hard. Dave Ewers, 7. TMO: Keith Lewis. Moray Low, 2. Nathan Earle, 10. It is one we relish as a squad. What they've said - Rob Baxter"Theyve obviously had a change of coaching staff with Paul coming in and you can see straight away that their defensive stats are hugely different to that of last season. Jack Maunder, 22. James Chisholm (c)16. Joe Marchant, 12. Sam Hill, 11. Mitch Lees, 5. Marcus Street, 19. Now we look forward to the visit of the league leaders. "Also, everyone is aware of guys like Danny Care and Mike Brown and the threats they bring. Mike Brown, 14. Nic White; 1. Semi Kunatani, 21. Greg Holmes, 4. Matt Symons, 5. Ollie Atkins, 20. I have huge respect for Rob Baxter and his Exeter team present a very strong challenge. Charlie Mulchrone, 22. James Lang, 9. Joe Marler is back full-time with them now and very much up and running, so there is quality running through their side and theyll be a danger to anybody if youre not switched on."Match OfficialsReferee: Ian Tempest. Gareth Steenson, 23. HarlequinsHead of Rugby: Paul GustardLeague position: 5th (19 points)Top try scorer: Joe Marchant (5 tries)Top points scorer: Marcus Smith (101 points)Exeter ChiefsDirector of Rugby: Rob BaxterLeague position: 1st (38 points)Top try scorer in the Gallagher Premiership: Sam Simmonds (5 tries)Top points scorer in the Gallagher Premiership: Gareth Steenson (67 points)FormHarlequins have won just twice in Gallagher Premiership Rugby since Round 1: at Gloucester in Round 5 and at home to Newcastle in Round 7. Phil Swainston, 19. Tom Lawday, 21. Gabriel Ibitoye, 13. Phil Dollman, 14. Tom O'Flaherty, 13. Jack Clifford, 8. Cadan MurleyExeter Chiefs 15. Max Crumpton, 17. Exeter have won their last eight Premiership Rugby matches against Harlequins since Quins won by a single point in a 29-30 victory at Sandy Park in May 2014.Line-upsHarlequins 15. Assistant Referees: Adam Leal & Wayne Falla. Ian Whitten, 12. Jack Yeandle (c), 3. Kyle Sinckler, 4. The Chiefs have not lost away from home in Gallagher Premiership Rugby since a visit to Wasps on 18th February. Exeter Chiefs' only defeat in any competition this season is 25-29 in Castres in round 2 of the European Champions Cup. Alex Dombrandt, 7. Marcus Smith, 23. Alex Cuthbert, 10. Francis Saili, 11. Dave Ward, 3. Matt Kvesic16. Ben Glynn, 20. Joe Simmonds, 9. Ollie DevotoWhat we've said - Paul GustardWe were frustrated last week at Worcester where we dominated possession and territory but failed to maximise the opportunities of the nine clean breaks we made against a well organised defence. Danny Care; 1. Lewis Boyce, 18. Elvis Taione, 17. George Merrick, 6. Joe Marler, 2. We have devoted a lot of time to our attack framework this week and continue to commit as much time to our attack as we do defence to maintain the strong tradition we have with attacking rugby which is the soul of the Club. Dave Dennis, 6. Billy Keast, 18. Don Armand, 8. The Londoners have won just three of their last nine home matches in the tournament.

Alfie Petch, 19. Jack Maunder, 22. Ross Chisholm, 14. Once again we have seen improvement in our attack in training and we look forward to demonstrating this on Saturday.Next up at The StoopHarlequins v Newcastle Falcons, Friday 16th November (kick-off 19:45). Ben Tapuai, 11. Ben Glynn, 20. Dave Dennis, 21. James Kenny, 18. Last week's defeat to Newcastle Falcons means Harlequins have won only two of their last five matches; against Agen at The Stoop and away to Bath Rugby. Dino Lamb, 6. Aaron Morris (c), 12. Premiership Rugby Cup Pool: 1st (6 points)Top try scorer (in Gallagher Premiership): Sam Simmonds (5)Top points scorer (in Gallagher Premiership): Gareth Steenson (50)Harlequins Head of Rugby: Paul GustardLeague position: Gallagher Premiership: 6th (14 points). Henry CheesemanWhat we've said - Paul GustardThe whole squad have trained with an excellent focus all week for this match and several players who have been rested over the past couple of weeks have been champing at the bit to get back out there which is great to see. Billy Keast, 2. A win today would secure back-to-back away wins for the first time this season. Charlie Walker, 13. Wilhelm Van Der Sluys, 6. Tom Lawday16. Josh Caulfield, 7. Jack Innard, 3. Alex Cuthbert, 10. Mitch Lees, 5. Max Crumpton, 17. James ShortHarlequins15. Matt Symons has led by example all season and I know he will be part of a pack that will give everything for the Club as ever. Exeter ChiefsDirector of Rugby: Rob BaxterLeague position: Gallagher Premiership: 1st (29 points). Cadan Murley, 10. Premiership Cup Pool 1: 3rd (5 points)Top try scorer: Nathan Earle, Joe Marchant and Danny Care (4 tries)Top points scorer: Marcus Smith (82 points)FormTable toppers Exeter Chiefs' victory over Bath Rugby last weekend was just their second win in their last five matches. Richard Capstick, 20. Phil Swainston, 19. The points we conceded last week were because of our errors including an intercepted try which shows again we are a hard team to break down and this will only improve as we grow together this season. Elvis Taione, 17. Dave Lewis, 22. Lewis Boyce, 2. Tom OFlaherty, 13. Last week against Newcastle was a missed opportunity for the squad having dominated possession and large parts of the game. Elia Elia, 3. Luke Wallace, 8. Alex Dombrandt16. Niall Saunders; 1. Dave Ward, 21. James Freeman, 8. Joe Simmonds, 14. Max Bodilly, 23. There have been draws against Munster and Newcastle Falcons in recent encounters as well as a defeat to Castres. Nick Auterac, 18. Marcus Street, 4. Tom Hendrickson, 12. Will Collier, 4. Marcus Smith, 9. Harvey Skinner, 9. Line-upsExeter Chiefs15. Archie White, 7. Tim Visser, 23. Our lineout functioned the best it has all season which is testament to the effort Alex Codling gives to the team and the desire and application of the squad to improve. Sam Hill, 11. It is also very good to have Luke Wallace back in the side after a frustrating time out with injury and his attitude has been exemplary over the past few weeks. Stu Townsend (c); 1. Matt Symons, 5.

Exeter have won their last eight Premiership Rugby matches against Harlequins since Quins won by a single point in 59 at Sandy Park in May 2014. Form: Harlequins have won just twice in Premiership Rugby since Round One at Gloucester in Round Five and at home to Newcastle in Round Seven. The Londoners have won just three of their last nine home games in the tournament. Exeter Chiefs only defeat in any competition this season is 25-29 in Castres in Round Two of the European Champions Cup. The Chiefs have not lost away from home in Premiership Rugby since a visit to Wasps on 18 February.

Harlequins Exeter Chiefs PREDICTION (30.11.2018)

Theyve edged closer to log-leaders Wasps and now trail by just five points. A couple of wins and a slip up by Waps could see Exeter go top in the remaining three rounds. The visitors are coming off consecutive victories in the league and are second on the Premiership table. Theyve also been impressive on the road, winning six of their 9 away games.

They have won eight of their nine home matches so theyve proven that theyre hard to beat at The Stoop in Twickenham. They realistically need to win two of those three matches and luckily this clash and next weekends are at home so they have an advantage in that regard. It doesnt get any easier as they meet Exter, Wasps and Northampton in the last three rounds.