Sale Sharks have slipped to six straight Aviva Premiership Rugby defeats, their worst “trot” since 2012. The Sharks most recent victory in the competition was on a visit to Bristol on 30th October, whilst their most recent home win in the tournament came against Leicester in round 5.
Newcastle Falcons have picked up 15 league points from their last five fixtures in Aviva Premiership Rugby, recording victories at Northampton and at home to Harlequins and Bath, with the two reversals in that time being against to the top two in the table: Wasps and Saracens.
Newcastle beat Sale 19-17 at Kingston Park in round 1 and are attempting a first season’s double over Sharks since 2006/07. The Falcons record at AJ Bell Stadium is a very even won 1, drawn 1, lost 1.
AJ Bell Stadium, 8.15pm
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys (28th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Tim Wigglesworth & Peter Allan.
TMO: Trevor Fisher.