Northampton Saints have lost their last four matches in all competitions since beating Worcester 18-17 at Sixways in Aviva Premiership Rugby on 18th November. Saints have scored only 14 tries in the competition so far, the lowest tally in the league.
Sale Sharks have slipped to six straight defeats in all tournaments whilst their most recent Aviva Premiership Rugby victory was 31-13 at Bristol in round 7 – this is the Sharks solitary victory away from home in any tournament this season. The last seven meetings between the two clubs in Premiership Rugby have all been fairly comfortable home victories, with the only losing bonus point in that sequence grabbed by the Saints at Salford last November. Sale have not won at Franklin’s Gardens since May 2006.
Franklin’s Gardens, 7.45pm – Live on BT Sport
Referee: Greg Garner (107th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Ian Tempest & Gareth Copsey.
TMO: Rowan Kitt.