2019-20 Premiership Rugby – Wasps vs Bristol Bears Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Wasps vs Bristol Bears taking place? Sunday 13th September, 2020 – 12:30 (UK)

Where is Wasps vs Bristol Bears taking place? Ricoh Arena, Coventry

What is the expected weather for Wasps vs Bristol Bears? 19c sunshine with cloudy intervals

Where can I get tickets for Wasps vs Bristol Bears? This match will be played behind closed doors

What television channel is Wasps vs Bristol Bears on? BT Sport have the rights to televise Gallagher Premiership matches so it is worth checking their schedule

Where can I stream Wasps vs Bristol Bears? If televised on BT Sport, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

TEAM NEWS

Wasps: 15 Matteo Minozzi, 14 Zach Kibirige, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Jimmy Gopperth, 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Jacob Umaga, 9 Dan Robson, 8 Tom Willis, 7 Jack Willis, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Will Rowlands, 4 Joe Launchbury (c), 3 Kieran Brookes, 2 Tom Cruse, 1 Ben Harris

Replacements: 16 Gabriel Oghre, 17 Tom West, 18 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 19 James Gaskell, 20 Thomas Young, 21 Ben Vellacott, 22 Ryan Mills, 23 Marcus Watson

Bristol: 15 Ioan Lloyd, 14 Niyi Adeolokun, 13 Piers O’Conor, 12 Alapati Leiua, 11 Jack Bates, 10 Max Malins, 9 Chris Cook, 8 Jake Heenan (c), 7 Dan Thomas, 6 James Dun, 5 Joe Joyce, 4 Ed Holmes, 3 Keiron Assiratti, 2 Will Capon, 1 Yann Thomas

Replacements: 16 Bryan Byrne, 17 Peter McCabe, 18 John Afoa, 19 John Hawkins, 20 Mitch Eadie, 21 Tom Kessell, 22 Harry Ascherl, 23 Charlie Powell

THE PREDICTION

This is a crunch match in the race for the top four places as Wasps welcome Bristol Bears to the Ricoh Arena. The hosts have been in good form since the restart and they have lost just one of their last nine matches. That said, Bristol are also in good form having lost just one of their last six. The key difference lies in the recent meetings between the two which Wasps have dominated winning their last eight encounters. With little to choose between them, recent history along with Wasps’ strong home form sees us edge the hosts to win a close-fought game.

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