Exeter and Saracens have swept all before them so far, but each will have to be on top of their game. Harlequins will be looking to jolt their stop-start season into life, and Wasps, lurking in third, look dangerous. There will be plenty of passion at Kingsholm as the Cherry and Whites collide with Worcester.
The Stoop hosts an intriguing match-up between the efficient Exeter juggernaut and the perennial Premiership underachievers. But it's not quite as simple as a clash of styles. Exeter are unfairly dismissed as well-drilled and by the numbers, and Quins reputation for champagne rugby ignores the fact that they've got some big bruisers in the pack who can make a world of difference in addition to their trademark fast-paced, off-loading game. History suggests a straightforward win for the Chiefs, who hold an enviable 14-7 advantage over Quins in their head to head meetings, with the London club not having triumphed in the league since the 2013/14 season. The table would seem to back this up, with Exeter sitting proudly top on points difference and Harlequins yet to really get going, with only three wins in eight.
But Quins will be bolstered by the return of England prop Kyle Sinckler, fresh from his barn-storming performances in the Autumn Internationals. Leading points scorer Marcus Smith will be eager to add to his haul of 94 this season and with Danny Care at his sniping best at scrum-half, they have the power and nous to trouble the Chiefs. Likewise, Exeter are without England Wing Jack Nowell, who is out injured, and leading points scorer Gareth Steenson starts on the bench. It all points to an absorbing contest, though it's hard to see past Exeter, who have given the impression this season of a side that knows how to find a way to win.
There was a time when this was the blue riband match of any Premiership season, and it will hurt Wasps that they aren't necessarily regarded as the force they once were, but they remain a dangerous proposition and have started this season strongly with some hard-fought wins under their belt. Leading scorer Lima Sopoaga has 54 points under his belt already this season, and the team are well-drilled. They'll be buoyed by a hard-fought win over Bristol which halted a poor run of form and will be looking to take a chunk out of Sarries, who came close to losing their unbeaten record in hanging on to weather a ferocious Leicester comeback in their last game.
Sarries remain unbeaten since April though, and the champions can call on England's talisman, Owen Farrell, who has 69 points in the bag already. It's difficult to see Wasps derailing them.
Nothing gets Kingsholm rocking like a visit from some local rivals, and as Gloucester host Worcester it promises to be a rollicking encounter. The Cherry and Whites have entertained this season, with the mercurial talents of Danny Cipriani heading up the scoring charts with 45 points; but Billy Twelvetrees and Charlie Sharples aren't too far behind him, and the fourth-placed team have racked up a better points difference than Wasps above them. The visitors have played better than seventh place suggests, and a positive points difference tells the tale, with Scottish fly-half Duncan Weir the author of 76 of them, with one of the meanest defences in the league (only Exeter have conceded fewer points than the Warriors' 178) they'll be a tough nut to crack.
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