Feb 23, 2013 at 8pm UK at ​Welford Road
Leicester Tigers

Preview: Leicester Tigers vs. Saracens

Saracens' David Strettle celebrates after scoring his try on December 16, 2012
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Sports Mole previews Saturday's Aviva Premiership encounter between Leicester and Saracens at Welford Road.

Two sides with table-topping ambitions go head to head at Welford Road on Saturday as Leicester Tigers entertain Saracens in the Aviva Premiership.

Second-placed Sarries are two points off leaders Harlequins, while the Tigers are one point behind their opponents this weekend.

The hosts have made a total of six changes as George Ford, Matt Smith, Dan Bowden, Geordan Murphy, Tom Croft and Ed Slater all come into the team.

Meanwhile, Toby Flood and Manu Tuilaigi miss out because of England duty.

Chris Wyles, Richard Wigglesworth and Alistair Hargreaves are among five new faces for the visitors.

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Leicester: DWWLWL

Saracens: WWWWLW


Leicester: Murphy, Hamilton, Smith, Bowden, Thompstone, Ford, Harrison, Ayerza, Hawkins, Mulipola, Slater, Kitchener, Croft, Salvi, Crane
Replacements: Chuter, Brookes, Balmain, Deacon, Thorpe, Young, Cornwell, Tait

Saracens: Wyles, Short, Tomkins, Powell, Strettle, Hodgson, Wigglesworth, Gill, Brits, Stevens, Borthwick, Hargreaves, Wray, Fraser, Joubert
Replacements: Smit, Auterac, Du Plessis, Kruis, Melck, De Kock, Mordt, Taylor

Sports Mole says: Saracens to edge out Leicester

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