Saracens host Saints, Tigers take on Gloucester in Aviva Premiership

Updated: December 28, 2012

The Leicester Tigers host Gloucester in the big Premiership clash of the weekend, the last round of the 2012 Premiership season. The Tigers are unbeaten in December and sit third in the table, one place above Gloucester and with only 11 games remaining they will want to continue that run. A record 31-9 win away to London Irish will give them plenty of confidence coming into the big clash this weekend. Gloucester will also be well aware of the Tigers home record at Welford Road, only 1 loss in their last 23 is what they are up against.

On Friday, Sale host Worcester. The Sharks have slipped to 3 straight Premiership defeats since beating London Irish 21-9 at the Salford City Stadium on November 2. Sale’s most recent win in Salford came in the Anglo-Welsh Cup against Saracens on November 16. Worcester Warriors’ only away win in any competition since New Year’s Day was in Spain against Gernika on October 13. The Warriors’ last eight games in the Premiership have all been won by the home side on the day. The last 5 meetings between the two sides have all been won by the home side, whilst Worcester’s last win on Sale soil came in 2008 at Edgeley Park.

On Saturday, leaders Harlequins will be looking to sign off the year with another win when they host London Irish. Harlequins have suffered just one defeat in their last 11 games in any competition: a 21-18 loss at Bath in the Premiership on November 23. Quins have lost just one of their last six visits to Twickenham, but have won only one of the four previous “festive” fixtures at the iconic venue. London Irish have slipped to six successive losses in all tournaments since beating Sale at Reading in the Anglo-Welsh Cup on November 11. The Exiles’ only away win in the Premiership since September 2011 came at Worcester on April 21. Irish have lost on their last three visits to Twickenham.

Exeter Chiefs’ seven-game winning run in all competitions ended narrowly at Gloucester on Saturday and they will be looking to get things back on track against Bath. The Chiefs’ only home loss at Sandy Park in the Premiership since February was against Northampton on April 22. Bath have lost back-to-back Premiership fixtures and were nilled at The Rec on Saturday by Saracens for the first time at the venue since 2009. Bath’s only Premiership away win so far this season came at Worcester in Round One.

In other games on Saturday, London Welsh host London Wasps, who’s only loss in their last six matches in all tournaments was a 30-23 defeat at Exeter in the Premiership on December 1. Wasps have not won away from home in the Premiership since a visit to Worcester on October 28, 2011.

Saracens will be looking to keep the heat on Harlequins at the top of the table when they welcome Northampton. Saracens are the best team in the Premiership on current form, having secured 20 league points from their last six matches. Sarries make stadiummk the sixth different home venue for their matches this season, and won on their only previous visit to the venue: 25-20 against Bristol on May 10, 2008.

Northampton Saints play their first away game at Milton Keynes after appearing there in three home matches in the European Cup in the past (winning two and losing one). The Saints won their most recent away fixture in the Premiership, a 27-16 victory at Sale on November 30. Saracens have won their last two encounters with the Saints including a 16-6 victory at Franklin’s Gardens on October 27.