Friday night rugby preview

Leicester Tigers
Leicester have not lost to Sale in more than three years Photo: PA

Sale Sharks v Leicester Tigers

Position:

4th

Form:

WLDWW

Odds:

Sale: 5/2

Draw: 20/1

Leicester: 2/7

Team:

15 N Morris, 14 A Thompstone, 13 M Tuilagi, 12 A Allen, 11 V Goneva, 10 G Ford, 9 B Youngs, 1 L Mulipola, 2 T Youngs, 3 M Castrogiovanni, 4 E Slater 5 G Kitchener, 6 J Crane (c), 7 R Thorpe, 8 T Waldrom.

Replacements: 16 G Chuter 17 B Stankovich, 18 D Cole, 19 R Andrew, 20 B Deacon, 21 S Harrison, 22 T Flood, 23 M Smith.

The Tigers travel to the Salford City Stadium to take on a Sharks team that have lost their last five matches and have yet to win this season.

On top of that the home side have not beaten Leicester in more than three years

The Tigers bounced back from their home defeat to Harlequins with a convincing 30-8 win over Exeter Chiefs last time out and have only lost once away from home in the Premiership in the last year.

With the European break around the corner, they will be hoping to keep in touch with the leaders at the top.

Sale are going to be looking for their first win more than ever with this the last game before the European break so we have to be wary of a reaction.

It is up to us to keep that intensity high to make sure that it doesn't all click against us. We need to keep an eye on every detail and ensure we get the job done or risk handing them a first win.

– Ed Slater, Tigers lock