Sale Sharks have lost their last seven matches in all tournaments since beating Wasps 17-13 at AJ Bell Stadium in the Anglo-Welsh Cup on 4th November.
The Sharks solitary victory in Aviva Premiership Rugby since early October came on the visit to Bristol in round 7.
Bristol Rugby obtained their first win in Aviva Premiership Rugby for seven years against Worcester on Boxing Day and have not won successive matches in the competition since March 2008, which coincidently were their most recent away victories in the competition, at Leeds and at Newcastle.
Sale have won their last five encounters with Bristol in Premiership Rugby since Bristol’s 10-6 victory at Edgeley Park exactly a decade ago.
Bristol have however beaten the Sharks this season 26-11 in the Anglo-Welsh Cup at Ashton Gate in November.
(AJ Bell Stadium, 2.30pm)
Referee: Ian Tempest (26th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Wayne Falla, Andrew Jackson.
TMO: Keith Lewis.