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Preview: Tigers go to Saracens

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Leicester Tigers travel to Allianz Park on Saturday to meet defending Aviva Premiership and European champions Saracens in the final league fixture before the autumn international period.

A win over Worcester Warriors in the last league match three weeks ago kept Tigers in fourth place in the table with four wins from the opening six rounds, while top-of-the-table Saracens have lost just once so far.
Looking ahead to Saturday, Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill said: “Saracens are a good side, their record over the last few seasons proves that. The challenge has been laid down and it is all for us to do.
“We have to go there and get among it like we did against Racing last week. That was a very good win against a very good team. We know we are a good side if we get it right – we have to get it right more often.
“Let’s make sure we replicate what we did for Bath and Racing, and make sure we are physically and mentally up for every game.”
Teams news from both camps was announced at noon Friday, with Saracens including their England squad men Alex Goode, Mako Vunipola, Billy Vunipola, Jamie George and Owen Farrell as well as former Leicester lock Jim Hamilton. Tigers have called Peter Betham and Jack Roberts into midfield, with Graham Kitchener starting in the second row.
Referee on Saturday is Wayne Barnes, in charge of his 173rd Aviva Premiership fixture.
Tigers will wear the club’s acid green alternate kit.
Sarries have lost only one of the last five meetings between the clubs – 21-13 at Welford Road last March – and have never lost to Tigers at Allianz Park. The last time Tigers won on Sarries soil was at their previous Vicarage Road home, when skipper Geordan Murphy landed a last-minute drop goal to snatch a 20-19 triumph in February 2012. Click here for the details of that game.
Saturday’s game is scheduled for live TV coverage with BT Sport. Or keep up to date with all of the action via the Tigers club website and social media pages.
Match tickets are still available from the home club.