Leicester Tigers have lost two of their last six Aviva Premiership Rugby matches, at home to Exeter in round 17 and against Bath at Twickenham in round 19. The Tigers have not lost successive home matches in the tournament since October 2011.
Newcastle Falcons 16-14 victory at home to Gloucester last Friday ended a three game losing run in Aviva Premiership Rugby. The Falcons have won just three times on the road this season, twice in Premiership Rugby, at Gloucester in round 4 and at Northampton in round 9, and 18-6 at Newport Gwent Dragons in an abandoned match in the Anglo-Welsh Cup in January.
Newcastle have beaten Leicester just once in the last eight years, 26-14 at Kingston Park in Aviva Premiership Rugby in February 2016. The Falcons only previous victory at Welford Road in Premiership Rugby was 25-19 on 30 December 1997 – Dean Richards’ last game for Tigers.
Welford Road, 3pm – Live on BT Sport
Referee: Ian Tempest (31st Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Steve Lee & Tim Wigglesworth.
TMO: David Sainsbury.