Preview: Leicester Tigers vs. Northampton Saints

Preview: Leicester vs. Northampton
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Sports Mole looks ahead to Northampton Saints' trip to Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday.

Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints will both be looking to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they meet at Welford Road in the Aviva Premiership.

The Tigers were edged out 27-21 at Gloucester in the last round of fixtures, while the Saints came unstuck 16-6 at home to Saracens.

The two sides have a number of players missing due to the Autumn Internationals, but it's the hosts who are most affected by the recent squad announcements.

Toby Flood, Manu Tuilagi and Thomas Waldrom are among six players absent, though Ben Youngs and Anthony Allen have been released from the England setup for the match.

Saints have had five of their players called up for England duty, but Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes have returned to the club for treatment on respective knee injuries.

Calum Clark is expected to return for the visitors following a 32-week ban for use of the arm against Leicester in the LV= Cup final back in March.

Recent form:

Leicester: LWWLWL

Northampton: WWLWLL

Sports Mole says: Northampton to claim victory over their local rivals

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