Aviva Premiership Preview: Saracens face Leicester test

By Sam Rogers
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Saracens will be looking to build on their victory over Northampton last week when they host fellow title rivals Leicester at Vicarage Road on Sunday

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Saracens will look to build on their victory over Northampton last week when they host fellow title rivals Leicester at Vicarage Road on Sunday.

Saracens have lost five of their last six clashes with the Tigers, including their defeat in last year’s Premiership final. The Tigers have lost in successive games away from Welford Road, but this fixture tends to favour the away side, with the travelling outfit emerging victorious on the last three occasions.

Northampton will be keen to get back to the top of the table after having been knocked off by London Irish last week and will see a home tie against Exeter as an ideal opportunity to bounce back.

The Devon side have turned a number of heads in recent weeks in beating Newcastle and local rivals Gloucester at Sandy Park. However, they have struggled away from home, suffering resounding defeats to both Harlequins and defending champions Leicester.

London Wasps will also be looking to rebound from a disappointing defeat as they travel to Edgeley Park to face Sale.

Wasps lost narrowly to Gloucester last week and will be keen to avenge that defeat with a morale-boosting victory over struggling Sale.

London Irish also have an ideal fixture following their move to the top of the table – they are pitted against bottom club Leeds Carnegie at home.

Leeds did well to escape the drop last year and are seemingly faced with the same battle this time around having not won a Premiership game since 25 April.

London Irish will be keen to cement their place at the summit and will have one eye on the bonus point.

Newcastle face a tough trip to the capital to play Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop. The Stoop has provided a tough place to visit for the Falcons, with the north-east side not having won there in ten years.

Gloucester, fresh from their narrow victory over Wasps, will do well to continue their winning form as, they travel to the Recreation Ground to face a tough tie against Bath.

Bath are in impressive form too, having won six of their last seven Premiership fixtures – and will be keen to continue that impressive run.

This weekend is the penultimate round of fixtures before the break for European Cup fixtures, and all the teams involved will be looking to capitalise on any momentum they can find heading into a cluttered couple of months.

This weekend’s Aviva Premiership fixtures in full:
Bath v Gloucester
Sale v Wasps
Harlequins v Newcastle
London Irish v Leeds Carnegie
Northampton v Exeter
Saracens v Leicester

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