Sale won 35-18 when the two teams met in round one and are going for a first ever league double over the Falcons in the same season. The Sharks’ only previous win at Kingston Park came in 2008.
Newcastle Falcons’ only victory in their last eight Aviva Premiership Rugby encounters was 12-6 at home to Gloucester on 21 November. The Falcons have won their last three home games in all competitions, although because of the inclement weather the most recent of those was played “over the border” in Galashiels.
Sale Sharks ended a five game losing run in all competitions with their 28-22 victory at home to Saracens on Sunday.
The Sharks have recorded just one win away from home in the Premiership since November 2009: 6-3 at Leeds on 22 October.
Referee: Tim Wigglesworth (29th Premiership game)