Saturday 22nd December 2018

Event of the Day: Exeter Chiefs versus Saracens

Our event of the day is the Premiership Rugby fixture between the Exeter Chiefs and Saracens at Sandy Park. Saracens are unbeaten since April and sit two points clear of Exeter at the top of the table. Exeter have enjoyed success this season but will look to bounce back from a recent rocky period. Saracens can extend their lead with a win while a win for Exeter would snap Saracens streak and put them atop the table. Be sure you don’t miss what will be an unforgettable game. Exeter versus Saracens is one of the most highly-anticipated matches on the Premiership Rugby calendar. The two sides top the Premiership table and are the only teams above six wins this season. Exeter are in second with a record of eight wins and one loss, two points behind Saracens. Saracens are on a twenty-two game unbeaten streak, having last lost to Leinster in the quarter-finals of last season’s Champions Cup. This season, Saracens are nine for nine in the Premiership and four for four in the Champions Cup. They are clearly one of the best teams in European rugby. A win against Exeter today could put them as many as seven points ahead of their nearest domestic rival. They boast a strong team with stars such as Owen Farrell, their inspirational fly-half who comes into the game against Exeter off the back of scoring 16 points in Saracens’ last outing, a 26-14 win over the Cardiff Blues in the Champions Cup.

However, if anyone can end Saracens’ winning ways, it's Exeter. The Chiefs are hungry for success after a disappointing few weeks. After keeping pace with Saracens through the first eight games of the season, they fell to Harlequins 28-26 in a shock defeat to the London side. The following weekend, they lost at home to Gloucester in the Champions Cup. While they won their most recent match, the return fixture against Gloucester, they still need another bounce back performance. They welcome Saracens to Sandy Park boasting the best attack and defence in the Premiership, having scored the most tries while conceding the least. Fly-half Gareth Steenson is the fourth highest scorer in the Premiership this season. Beating Saracens would deal a psychological blow to their biggest league rival while also putting them at the top of the table. This game sees the two best teams in English rugby facing off and with 1st place in the league on the line, you can expect a truly memorable match.

Honourable mentions around the globe go to boxing, where Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora face off in a heavyweight rematch at the O2 Arena in London. The two fought a thrilling fight in 2016, which Chisora lost by split decision. Talk of a rematch has been in the air ever since and will finally come to fruition tonight. Both men are aggressive, highly-proficient boxers. Chisora has dominated the headlines in the run up to the fight, first by announcing the hiring of British boxing legend and his former rival David Haye as his new manager. He also announced that he was changing his ring name from ‘Del Boy’ to ‘WAR’. He will be eager to get revenge on Whyte so expect tonight’s fight to live up to its title - The Brawl to Settle It All. Elsewhere, in the NBA, the Philadelphia 76ers host the Toronto Raptors at the Wells Fargo Convention Center. The World Darts Championship continues at Alexandra Palace. In the Premier League, Arsenal host Burnley at the Emirates Stadium. In college football, Army faces Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl at the Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. In the NHL, the Vegas Golden Knights face the Montreal Canadiens at the T-Mobile Arena.

Whatever you’re watching, enjoy!

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