The last 13 clashes between Sale and Gloucester have all been won by the home side on the day. Gloucester have lost on all six previous visits to Edgeley Park and have not won on Sale soil since 2002.
Sale Sharks have won just one of their last seven matches in all competitions: 27-26 over Cardiff Blues at Edgeley Park in the European Cup on 16 October. The Sharks have lost their last two games in Stockport in the Guinness Premiership but have not lost three in a row there in the competition since season 2006/07.
Gloucester Rugby have won just one game in the Guinness Premiership since the opening weekend: 26-10 at struggling Leeds Carnegie on 4 October, this represents the Cherry & White’s only away victory in any tournament during 2009.
Referee: Wayne Barnes (73rd Premiership game)