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Preview | Derby day at Welford Road

Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints meet in the third East Midlands derby of the season at Welford Road on Sunday in Round 20 of the Gallagher Premiership season.

Saints followed up a 31-22 victory in the Premiership Cup back in October 2019 with a 36-13 triumph in the opening league meeting of the campaign and now have four wins in the last five derbies.

Tigers will be aiming to bounce back from defeat in midweek to record a first win over their neighbours since the Twickenham meeting in October 2018 when Jordan Olowofela and Ben Youngs scored crucial tries.

Overall the clubs have met on 244 previous occasions over 140 years of local rivalry, with Leicester holding the edge at 136 wins to 89, with 19 games drawn.

The records show 121 of those clashes have been at Welford Road, where Tigers’ record is won 84, drawn 13, lost 24.

Tigers have lost three in a row in the Gallagher Premiership since beating London Irish but have lost just twice at home in the competition during 2020 – against Bath in Round 15 and Sale Sharks in Round 18.

In team news announced on Friday, head coach Steve Borthwick includes Fiji international Kini Murimurivalu for his Tigers debut on the wing while scrum-half Ben Youngs makes his 250th appearance for the club. Tom Youngs returns to captain the team.

Saints are led by No8 Teimana Harrison who joins Courtney Lawes and Lewis Ludlam in an all-England international back row while director of rugby Chris Boyd is set to give a debut to prop Emmanuel Iyogun from the bench.

Referee Wayne Barnes is a veteran of these derby days and is in charge of a Premiership fixture for the 228th time this afternoon. He is assisted by history-making Sara Cox, now in her fourth Premiership game, and Paul Dix.

Tigers is live coverage of Sunday’s game on BT Sport, and season ticket holders without a subscription can register for a BT Sport Match Pass using the details sent from the Tigers ticket office.

Or you can keep up with all of the action using the Tigers Matchday Live service on the app and social media channels.