Leicester out for Saints revenge

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Friday night provides one of the great spectacles of the Gallagher Premiership as Northampton Saints make the short trip to Welford Road to face old rivals Leicester Tigers.

The East Midlands derby has provided some scintillating contests over the years and this could be another thriller in one of the biggest grudge matches in northern hemisphere club rugby.

Leicester to win @ 2/3

Having come through some difficult times, which saw the end of previous director of rugby Jim Mallinder, the good times look like they are back at Franklin’s Gardens.

New boss Chris Boyd has already led Saints to their first piece of silverware in five years after victory over Saracens in the Premiership Rugby Cup.

Northampton now head to Welford Road looking to make it back-to-back wins over their rivals after a 47-20 victory over Leicester in the Premiership Rugby Cup in January.

The Tigers (4/5 – First to Score) did manage to win the Gallagher Premiership meeting between these teams in October last year, but Saints have come on leaps and bounds since then and it should be a pretty tight contest.

Leicester -1.5 Handicap Market @ 4/5

Saints welcome back Wales’ Grand Slam-winning star Dan Biggar at fly-half, who should still be fresh following the Six Nations after sharing the 10 jersey with Gareth Anscombe.

However, Leicester welcome back a host of England stars, with the likes of Ellis Genge (9/2 – Tryscorer Anytime), Dan Cole, George Ford, Jonny May and Manu Tuilagi all returning to the fold.

That, combined with the advantage of playing at Welford Road, might mean Leicester could claim the bragging rights and dent Saints’ hopes of reaching the play-offs this season.

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