The last seven encounters between the two teams have been won by the home side on the day, whilst Newcastle have won just once at Welford Road since 1977: 25-19 in the Premiership on 30 December 1997.
Leicester Tigers have not scored a Guinness Premiership try for 179 minutes since Jordan Crane “crossed “ during last season’s final at Twickenham. The Tigers’ longest ever barren spell in the Premiership was 217 minutes in September and October 1999. Leicester have won their last 15 matches at Welford Road in all competitions.
Newcastle Falcons have been the “score draw” specialists of the Guinness Premiership, having started the season with two tied matches. No team has ever drawn three successive Premiership games. The Falcons’ last victory was coincidentally over the Tigers: 14-10 at Kingston Park on 27 March.
Referee: Andrew Small (37th Premiership game)