On paper, the second match day of the new season of the Aviva Premiership featuring the perennial contenders for the title the Leicester Tigers and the relegation favorites the Worcester Warriors is an absolute no-brainer and hardly warrants a visit to the bookmakers.
The Tigers have come out on top on the last six meetings between the clubs and have never won a match at Welford Road, the home ground of The Tigers where the match will take place on the weekend.
Moreover, the bookmakers have listed The Warriors as 9-1 outsiders to take the victory. If you add to that the dismal record that The Warriors have had on road over the last three seasons, with only a single win away from home in the Premiership since 2009, The Tigers are overwhelming favorites. However, it would still be unwise to completely write off the challenge of the Worcester Warriors, especially with the presence of former Tigers player Andy Goode in their lineup.
The fly half maybe 32 years old now and coming towards the end of his playing days, yet he doesn’t seem to have lost the sharpness that made him a hero at Welford Road and his vigor and accuracy for the game as well as his boot could be the biggest weapon in the arsenal of The Warriors. Goode is an extremely accurate goal kicker and having spent 10 years in two stints at the club, knows the goal posts at Welford Road better than many of the current lot of The Tigers.
And his displays last week also demonstrated that Goode is perhaps in the best shape that he has been in some time and it is this good run that their star man is going through that is giving the Worcester Warriors some hope of doing the unthinkable.