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Match preview: Tigers at Gloucester this Saturday

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Leicester Tigers return to Aviva Premiership duty at Gloucester this weekend in the 10th round of league action.

Kick-off at Kingsholm is at 3pm on Saturday as the clubs meet for the 215th time stretching back to 1892. Gloucester lead the win count 106-100 with eight games drawn as Tigers look for a 28th win on their 106th trip to Kingsolm.
While Tigers have secured a place in the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup, Gloucester are in the last eight of the Challenge Cup, a trophy they lifted last season, and they go into Saturday’s match in seventh place in the Aviva Premiership table with four wins in nine games so far.
“They are a big and physical side and they’ve been strong at home, as you would expect,” said Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill.
“Gloucester are a very dangerous side, as you saw against Harlequins at Twickenham, where they scored good tries in an exciting game.
“They’ve got a big pack, they work hard and they’ll want to set a marker down against Leicester at Kingsholm and push on.”
Tigers will be without Dan Cole and Ben Youngs who are with the England squad preparing for the opening match of the Six Nations Championship next weekend, while hooker Tom Youngs is serving a one-week suspension.
The rest of the team news from both camps will be announced at noon on Friday.
In last season’s corresponding fixture, Brad Thorn became the oldest debutant in Tigers history at the age of 39 years and 243 days. Italy international prop Michele Rizzo also made his first appearance for the club during that trip but Tigers were beaten 33-16 with scrum-half David Mele scoring the try.
The most recent victory on Gloucester soil was in November 2013 when Dan Bowden and Toby Flood contributed the Tigers points and fly-half Freddie Burns was among the scorers for the home side. Click here for the match report from that afternoon.
Tigers will be in the club’s home kit this weekend.
Saturday’s match is not scheduled for live TV broadcast by BT Sport. Keep in touch via the Tigers website and social media channels. Match tickets are still available direct from the host club.