Northampton Saints’ only victory in the first four rounds of Aviva Premiership Rugby was on their visit to Bristol in round 2. The Saints have narrowly lost both fixtures at Franklin’s Gardens this season but have not lost three in a row at the venue in Premiership Rugby since February 2011.
Exeter Chiefs have beaten Harlequins at home and Bristol away in rounds 3 and 4 of Aviva Premiership Rugby, but have not managed to win successive away games in the competition since December 2015. Exeter Chiefs have lost only one of their last four Aviva Premiership Rugby encounters with Saints: 8-3 in this equivalent fixture at Franklin’s Gardens on New Year’s Day.
Exeter’s solitary win in their eight previous visits to Northampton in competitive rugby was 24-18 in Premiership Rugby in November 2014.
Franklin’s Gardens, 7.45pm – Live on BT Sport
Referee: Matthew Carley (49th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Gareth Copsey & Simon McConnell.
TMO: Graham Hughes.