The current Aviva Premiership season has been one of the most exciting to date, and the betting odds on this prestigious rugby competition have been changing on a week by week basis. Bookmaker Betfair make the Northampton Saints their 7/4 market leaders at time of writing, with the defending champions currently sitting at the top of the table, with a return of 48 points from their 13 games played. The Saints have been at the head of this particularly market since the season got under way in September, and after kicking off the campaign with an impressive 53 – 6 victory over Gloucester, Jim Mallinder’s men have not looked back since. One of the biggest sides in club rugby, the Northampton Saints were founded in 1880, and their consistency in the English Premiership is unrivalled. Having finished as runners-up during the 2012–13 season, the Jimmies managed to go one place better last time, and it would be no surprise to see this side make a successful defence of the crown.
A total of twelve clubs make up the Aviva Premiership, the league having originally began life back in 1987. The winners of the RFU Championship are promoted in the Premiership at the conclusion of each season, with the lowest place side in the elite division being relegated into the Championship. The season itself runs from September to May, with all clubs playing each other both home and away over the course of 22 rounds of matches. Four points are awarded for a victory, two for a draw, and there are also bonus points available for sides losing by 7 points or fewer, or scoring four tries or more. At the end of the regular season, the top four sides in the league table compete in a playoff to determine who will be crowned Premiership champions. Aviva have supported the Premiership since the 2010-11 season, but there have been various sponsors down the years, including Courage, Allied Dunbar, Zurich and Guinness.
With only a few points separating the sides at the top of the Aviva Premiership table, the market on who will run out as champions is still fairly competitive. Bath sit just one point behind the current favourites Northampton, and have been put in at odds of 5/2 by the odds compilers over at Betfair.com. Bath have an identical record to the Saints, with ten victories and three defeats during the 2014/15 campaign, with the Saints’ one point leads coming by way of an extra bonus point. Mike Ford’s side finished the previous campaign in 5th position, narrowly missing out on a playoff berth as a result. One of the most successful club sides in the history of rugby union, Bath are 8 points clear of third placed Saracens, and should make no mistake as far as qualifying for the final four is concerned come the end of this season. Ruby fans looks set for an exciting few months as we enter the business end of the 2014/15 Aviva premiership, and punters can stay up to date on all the market movers and latest betting odds at betfair.com.