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Gallagher Premiership weekend preview: Bath vs Sale Sharks, Wasps vs Worcester, Leicester Tigers vs Harlequins | Rugby Union News

Gallagher Premiership Round 19 fixtures: Bath vs Sale Sharks (Friday, 7.45pm); Wasps vs Worcester Warriors (Saturday, 3pm), Leicester Tigers vs Harlequins (Saturday, 3.30pm).

Last Updated: 14/05/21 3:25pm

Rhys Priestland is again in for Bath for his or her Friday evening Premiership conflict vs Sale

We look into the important thing stats, kind and the foremost workforce information forward of the three Gallagher Premiership encounters this weekend…

Friday

Bath vs Sale Sharks (7.45pm kick-off)

Seventh hosts third in Friday evening’s encounter, as Rhys Priestland begins at fly-half for Bath after two alternative appearances on his comeback from a hamstring harm. Sam Underhill and Zach Mercer are additionally restored to the again row.

For Sale, Ben Curry is ready to make his first look since November off the bench after overcoming a shoulder drawback. Jean-Pierre du Preez is available in for Josh Beaumont within the again row.

Bath have suffered defeat of their final three matches and haven’t misplaced 4 in succession since December 2019. They’ve additionally been defeated in 5 Premiership matches on the Rec this season and have by no means misplaced six residence video games in a single Premiership marketing campaign.

Sale Sharks’ solely defeat within the final eight rounds of Premiership Rugby was 14-17 at Northampton on March 13. The Sharks have misplaced simply as soon as away from residence of their final 4 journeys: La Rochelle within the quarter-final of the European Champions Cup.

Bath have gained their final three encounters in opposition to Sale since their 3-6 reversal at AJ Bell Stadium in April 2019. Sale haven’t been victorious on the Rec since a single-point win in March 2014.

Last season: Sale 22-37 Bath, Bath 16-14 Sale

Last six league matches: Bath WWLWLL Sale LWWWWW

Saturday

Wasps vs Worcester Warriors (3pm kick-off)

Against Worcester, Brad Shields will captain Wasps on his fiftieth look for the membership and begins at No 8. Charlie Atkinson has been picked to begin forward of Rob Miller at full-back.

England centre Ollie Lawrence has recovered from a shoulder harm to win a spot on Worcester’s bench. Fin Smith has a shoulder drawback so Billy Searle is picked at fly-half.

Wasps’ solely victory within the final 4 rounds of the Premiership was 39-29 at residence to Bath on April 25. That win in opposition to Bath was additionally their first on the Ricoh Arena since January 2.

Worcester Warriors have misplaced their final eight Premiership video games since their declared win at residence to Newcastle on February 20. The Warriors have gained solely as soon as away from residence in Premiership Rugby since November 2019: at London Irish in September 2020.

Wasps have gained their final 13 fixtures in opposition to Worcester within the Premiership since Worcester’s 29-23 victory at Sixways in March 2013. Worcester’s most up-to-date win on Wasps soil got here at High Wycombe on New Year’s Day 2012.

Last season: Wasps 32-17 Worcester, Worcester 26-30 Wasps

Last six league matches: Wasps LWLLWL Worcester LLLLLL

Leicester Tigers vs Harlequins (3.30pm kick-off)

In the primary of Saturday’s two clashes, George Ford is restored at fly-half by Leicester, who additionally subject their first selection entrance row in Ellis Genge, Tom Youngs and Dan Cole. Powerful back-row Jasper Wiese can be again at No 8.

Harlequins make two adjustments in personnel to their workforce by bringing in wing Nathan Earle and centre James Lang; Joe Marchant making the swap from outside-centre to proper wing.

Leicester Tigers’ solely victory of their final 4 matches was 33-24 at residence to Ulster within the semi-final of the European Challenge Cup. The Tigers have misplaced solely as soon as at Welford Road because the finish of January: 18-23 to Northampton in Round 17 of the Premiership.

Harlequins have gained their final three Premiership matches and scored 17 tries within the course of. Quins’ 25-21 victory at London Irish in Round 17 ended a three-game dropping run away from residence within the Premiership.

Harlequins are unbeaten of their final 4 encounters with Leicester because the Tigers’ 35-24 victory at Welford Road in December 2018.

Last season: Leicester 26-32 Harlequins, Harlequins 30-30 Leicester

Last six league matches: Leicester WLWLLL Harlequins LWLWWW

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