Saracens look to keep the heat on in round 13 of the Premiership

Updated: January 4, 2013

Round 13 of the Aviva Premiership sees Saracens hoping to keep the heat on leaders Harlequins when they host struggling Sale, Harlequins are away to London Welsh, while the big game this weekend sees Worcester hosting Leicester.

Saracens only defeat in their last eight Premiership contests was a 12-3 loss at Worcester Warriors on November 23. This game is scheduled to be Saracens’ 159th and last Premiership encounter at Vicarage Road since October 1997 – their record in Watford being won 112, lost 43, drawn 3.

Sale Sharks doubled their tally of Premiership victories this season at home to Worcester on Friday. The Sharks’ only away win in the tournament since December 2011 was 24-19 at Gloucester on April 21.

Sale have won just one of their last eight Premiership encounters with Saracens: a 28-22 victory at Edgeley Park on January 2, 2011. The Sharks’ only victory at Vicarage Road in 17 previous visits in all competitions was 40-32 in the Premiership on September 25, 2005.

London Welsh have slipped to back-to-back Premiership defeats, but at Kassam Stadium the Exiles have won two of their last three games.

Harlequins, the defending Premiership champions, have topped the table since Round Seven. Quins’ only defeat in their last six encounters in the competition was a 21-18 loss at Bath on November 23.

Harlequins won 40-3 when the two clubs met at the Twickenham Stoop in Round Two. London Welsh’s only previous victory over Harlequins in a competitive match was in September 1972 with a 45-12 victory at Twickenham in the first round of the RFU Knockout Cup.

Worcester Warriors’ last nine games in the Premiership have all been won by the home side on the day. The Warriors are unbeaten in their last eight encounters at Sixways in all competitions since Bath won there, 24-23, on September 1.

Leicester Tigers have strung together five successive victories in all competitions since their 14-12 reversal at London Wasps in the Premiership on November 25. The Tigers are the second best away side in the Premiership after Saracens, securing 18 league points from their six away trips so far.

The Tigers have won on their last four visits to Sixways including winning the Anglo-Welsh Cup there against Northampton in March. Worcester’s only win over Leicester since 2005 remains the 23-19 victory at Sixways in the Premiership on March 8, 2006.

In other games, Exeter host Northampton, London Irish travel to Gloucester and London Wasps welcome Bath.