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Matchday guide: Tigers v Falcons this Saturday

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Celebrate your family Christmas at Welford Road on Saturday afternoon when Leicester Tigers host Newcastle Falcons in the Aviva Premiership. Kick-off is at 3pm and tickets are still available.On the back of two wins over Munster in the European Champions Cup, Tigers are back on home turf hoping to end 2015 on another high note, though Dean Richards and the Falcons will have other plans.   Sitting third in the Aviva Premiership table, Tigers have lost just once in six previous rounds but face a crucial period in the season with Newcastle at home, Saracens away and then Northampton Saints at Welford Road on January 9 before the return to European rugby next month.   Falcons travel on the back of a European win over an in-form Connacht side, with Richards and coach John Wells among those visiting their old home ground.   The turnstiles, bars. kiosks and the Junior Tigers Club VIP area will be open from 1pm opn Saturday. Supporters can also take part in the Speed Pass Challenge on the plaza outside the MET-Rx Stand.   The Junior Tigers Club has activities for young supporters, including a pre-match visit from a Tigers player and the chance to join Welford on the pitch in the build-up to kick-off as a Tigers matchday mascot or Tiger Cub. You can sign up any supporter under the age of 16 at the game or online now. Click here for details.   The Club Store is open from 9am, with a full range of replica kit, leisurewear, souvenirs and the new range from Superdry.   For supporters on the other side of the stadium, there is an extra bar unit and toilet facilities on the corner of the Crumbie car park.   Team news from both camps is announced at noon on Christmas Eve.   Arriva matchday bus services are running on four routes this week. Please note there is no T6 service from Melton Mowbray and special holiday prices apply, adults £10 return, concessions £6. Click here for more details, routes, fares and timetable.   Saturday’s 100-page matchday programme includes a view on the value of experience from former South Africa captain Jean de Villiers and Italy inetrnational prop Matias Aguero, plus more Christmas wishes from Tigers fans across the world and more photos from the weekend in Limerick, Matt Hampson’s Heroes & Villains column with Jono Kitto and your guide to the Aviva Premiership so far. Pick up your copy around the stadium, price £3.   Half-time entertainment includes two local clubs going head to head in The Ultimate Big Boot on the pitch, as well as presentations to our Season Ticket Holder of the Match.   After the game, there is live music with resident band Rock Bottom in Final Whistle.   Match tickets are available in all areas, including the new Caterpillar Stand at the Aylestone Road end of the stadium. Book in person at the ticket office (open 9am-1pm Christmas Eve and from 9am matchday), phone 0116 319 8888 (8.30am-1pm Christmas Eve and from 9am on Sunday).   Or click here to book online at the Tigers ticket office any time. A print-at-home function is available on all home match tickets.   The Collection Point for all other tickets is based on the plaza outside the MET-Rx Stand.   See you there!