Newcastle’s only win over Bath since 2004 was 27-16 at The Rec on 24 October 2009, whilst Bath have not been defeated at Kingston Park in their last seven visits.
Newcastle Falcons have not won on the opening weekend of the new season since beating Sale 33-12 in 2007. The Falcons lost their last seven Aviva Premiership Rugby matches last season, and another defeat will see them set a new unwanted Falcons record in this category.
Bath Rugby’s only round one defeat in the past four years was at Gloucester in 2009. Bath concluded their last campaign with a run of five successive victories.
Referee: Martin Fox (68th Premiership game)