Newcastle Falcons have slipped to five straight defeats in Aviva Premiership Rugby, but at least have broken their try drought, scoring two during last Friday’s narrow defeat to London Wasps.
The Falcons most recent victory in the tournament was 13-11 at home to London Irish on 27th October.
Sale Sharks last four Premiership games have all been won by the home side on the day, whilst the Sharks only away victory in the Premiership since February was 22-16 at Gloucester in round 1.
Newcastle have lost just one of their last five encounters with Sale in all tournaments: 19-27 at Edgeley Park in the Premiership on Boxing Day 2011, whilst The Sharks only win in twenty previous visits to Kingston Park in all tournaments was 14-9 in the Premiership on 7th September 2008.
(Kingston Park, 7.45pm)
Referee: Andrew Small (96th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Kevin Stewart & Robin Goodliffe. TMO: Trevor Fisher.