The last four encounters between the two teams in the Premiership have all been won by the home side on the day.
Northampton Saints have lost their opening game of a Premiership season just once since 2002: 0-32 at Leicester in 2005. The Saints suffered just two home defeats in all competitions last season – both inflicted by Saracens in their last two matches!
Leicester Tigers play away from home in round one for a fourth successive season. The defending Premiership champion club has in fact lost their opening game of the following season in three of the last four years. Tigers have won seven of their last eight games in the Premiership.
Leicester’s only previous visit to Franklin’s Gardens in round one was in 1999 when the Saints won comfortably, 46-24.
Referee: Dave Pearson (143rd Premiership game)
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