The 2018 Premiership calendar gets underway this weekend with leaders Exeter looking to maintain their lead at the top as they travel to the North East to face Newcastle.
Worcester Warriors v Bath Rugby
Bath Rugby will be out to end three-match losing streak on Friday evening as they travel to Sixways to take on 11th-placed Worcester Warriors.
Form has found the Warriors recently, with three wins in five Premiership outings moving them clear of bottom side London Irish, but Bath Rugby have only lost once to Worcester in the last 10 meetings between the clubs and you would expect the West Country side to push on from sixth with a big win.
Leicester Tigers v London Irish
Ninth-placed Leicester Tigers will aim to press up the Aviva Premiership standings on Saturday as they welcome London Irish to Welford Road, which the rock-bottom side seeking a first win since Round 1.
Matt O’Connor’s Tigers have lost their last four Premiership outings and defeat in Round 13 would make it Leicester’s worst ever run in the top flight, but the Exiles are on a run of 12 straight reverses and will be a Welcome sight for the Tigers.
Northampton Saints v Gloucester Rugby
Beleaguered Northampton Saints will desperately seek to thwart their devastating form on Saturday afternoon as fourth-placed Gloucester Rugby make the trip to Franklin’s Gardens.
Saints have lost their last seven on the bounce, closing in on their worst ever Premiership run back in 2004, when they lost nine, while Gloucester Rugby have just one reverse in eight on their record.
Sale Sharks v Harlequins
Sale Sharks welcome Harlequins to the AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday evening, with the hosts on the days winning the last five meetings between the clubs.
Sale had a three-game winning streak ended at Gloucester Rugby in Round 12, while Harelquins arrested a run of Three reverses with victory over Northampton Saints in a Big Game fixture at Twickenham last weekend.
Newcastle Falcons v Exeter Chiefs
Newcastle Falcons are hunting a sixth successive Premiership win for the first time since 2013/14, but reigning champions Exeter Chiefs will stand in their way at Kingston Park on Sunday.
While the Falcons are soaring, their Home record is won three, lost three, while the Chiefs are charging on with a run of seven successes, leaving them 10 points clear at the Premiership summit.
Wasps v Saracens
Wasps will aim to extend their fine form on Sunday afternoon as a resurgent Saracens make a trip to Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.
Wasps’ like defeat in their eight matches came away to La Rochelle in the Champions Cup, while Saracens have won their last two Premiership outings, with a big win against Worcester Warriors last weekend resulting in a first bonus point since October.