Northampton won 28-8 when the two teams met in the Guinness Premiership on 27 November and are aiming for a first season’s double over Newcastle in the Premiership since 2001/02.
Northampton Saints have won 12 of their last 13 matches in all competitions since the end of October. The Saints have been victorious in their last 16 home games at Franklin’s Gardens, whilst their only defeat in the last 46 competitive encounters at the ground was 13-19 to Newcastle on 28 February 2009.
Newcastle Falcons have slipped to successive defeats over the past two weeks in the LV= Cup but won 12-6 at London Wasps on 3 January in their most recent match in the Guinness Premiership. The Falcons have won three of their last four away games in the Premiership.
Referee: Dean Richards (30th Premiership game)