2019-20 Premiership Rugby – Sale Sharks vs Exeter Chiefs Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Sale Sharks vs Exeter Chiefs taking place? Friday 21st August, 2020 – 18:00 (UK)

Where is Sale Sharks vs Exeter Chiefs taking place? AJ Bell Stadium, Eccles

What is the expected weather for Sale Sharks vs Exeter Chiefs? 17c cloudy

Where can I get tickets for Sale Sharks vs Exeter Chiefs? This match will be played behind closed doors

What television channel is Sale Sharks vs Exeter Chiefs on? BT Sport have the rights to televise Gallagher Premiership matches so it is worth checking their schedule

Where can I stream Sale Sharks vs Exeter Chiefs? If televised on BT Sport, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

THE TEAM NEWS

Sale: Hammersley; McGuigan, S James, Tuilagi, Yarde; R du Preez, de Klerk; Oosthuizen, van der Merwe, John, J-L du Preez, de Jager, Ross (capt), T Curry, D du Preez.

Replacements: Langdon, Harrison, Cooper-Wooley, Phillips, B Curry, Cliff, MacGinty, Solomona.

Exeter Chiefs: Hogg; Cuthbert, Slade, Whitten, Woodburn; J Simmonds (capt), Maunder; Moon, Cowan-Dickie, Williams, Gray, Hill, Ewers, Vermeulen, S Simmonds.

Replacements: Yeandle, Keast, Francis, Skinner, Kirsten, Hidalgo-Clyne, Steenson, Hendrickson.

THE PREDICTION

Sale were disappointing last week on their first game back as they went down 16-10 to Harlequins which has seen them lose ground to their opponents here and leaders Exeter Chiefs. They will make one change with Sam James coming into the side but they will need their key men to step up if they are to get a result against the Chiefs. Exeter eased past Leicester Tigers 26-13 last weekend but still have plenty of room for improvement. Winger Alex Cuthbert, centre Ian Whitten, prop Ben Moon and flanker Jacques Vermeulen will all come back in for them and with another week of training under their belts, they have to be favoured to get the win and extend their lead at the top of the Premiership.

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