Apr 20, 2013 at 2.15pm UK at ​The Recreation Ground
BathBath Rugby
27-26
Leicester Tigers

Preview: Bath vs. Leicester Tigers

Bath's Michael Claassens in action on November 4, 2012
© PA Photos
Sports Mole previews Saturday's Aviva Premiership encounter between old rivals Bath and Leicester at the Recreation Ground.

Two of English rugby's biggest rivals will meet in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday as Bath welcome Leicester Tigers to the Recreation Ground.

However, both teams come into the match having experienced differing fortunes this season as the Tigers look forward to the playoffs, while Bath sit in seventh place.

Leicester have the best away record in the league, but their hosts have won their last four games on home turf.

Ben Williams returns for the Bath, but it will be the last time that Michael Claassens and Stephen Donald turn out at the Rec ahead of their summer moves away from the club.

Leicester welcome back Tom Youngs, Geoff Parling and Tom Croft, while Matt Smith is given a place in the wing.

Recent form

Bath: LWLWLL

Leicester: LWWWLW

Lineups

Bath: Devoto, Rokoduguni, Williams, Eastmond, Agulla, Donald, Claassens, Taylor, Mercer, Louw, Attwood, Day, Wilson, Webber, James
Replacements: Guinazu, Catt, Perenise, Spencer, Gilbert, Koster, Stringer, Heathcote

Leicester: Tait, Smith, Tuilagi, Allen, Thompstone, Flood, B Youngs, Waldrom, Salvi, Croft, Parling, Mafi, Cole, T Youngs, Mulipola
Replacements: Hawkins, Balmain, Castrogiovanni, Slater, Crane, Harrison, Bowden, Murphy

Sports Mole says: Leicester to beat their old rivals

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