2019-20 European Rugby Champions Cup – Leinster vs Northampton Saints Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Leinster vs Northampton Saints taking place? Saturday 14th December, 2019 – 17:15 (UK)

Where is Leinster vs Northampton Saints taking place? Aviva Stadium, Dublin

What is the expected weather for Leinster vs Northampton Saints? 4c with a chance of showers

What television channel is Leinster vs Northampton Saints on? This match will be televised live on BT Sport

Where can I stream Leinster vs Northampton Saints? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

Where can I get tickets for Leinster vs Northampton Saints? Official club websites will have ticket information about specific games. Tickets for the 2020 Finals in Marseilles can be obtained here

What was the score in the last meeting between Leinster and Northampton Saints? Northampton Saints 16-43 Leinster

THE TEAM NEWS

LEINSTER

  • Leinster made it three wins from three in the European Champions Cup and will take some toppling in Pool 1 after a devastating attacking display saw them take Northampton Saints apart last week.
  • The Irish side made it 10 wins from as many games so far this season and do not look like slowing down any time soon after the seven-try effort over a solid Northampton outfit but they could be hampered by an injury blow this week.
  • Johnny Sexton will sit out this game after he was forced off with a knee injury last week and the Leinster captain faces an anxious wait to see how long he will be sidelined but in better news, hooker Sean Cronin will be available for selection following a neck injury.

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS

  • Northampton Saints were outclassed by Leinster last week and they will face the difficult task of heading to Ireland to face the same side in a game that they will not relish as they attempt to keep their hopes of advancing to the quarter-finals alive.
  • Another defeat in this game will not end Northampton’s hopes but will leave them with too much to do to top the pool and it will mean the Saints will have to focus on progressing as a runner-up.
  • Dan Biggar returned to the side last week but George Furbank was unable to play because of concussion and the fullback is poised to sit out once again unless he can overcome the effects of that head knock.

THE PREDICTION

Leinster highlighted their class as they swept Northampton Saints aside last week. It was a superb performance and they managed it without Johnny Sexton for most of the second period after the fly-half suffered a knee injury just after the break. Leinster’s long-term ambitions could be hindered if their skipper is sidelined for a prolonged period but after such a dominant display last week, they are likely to back it up on home soil even in his absence.

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