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

THE FACTS

When is Northampton Saints vs Leinster taking place? Saturday 7th December, 2019 – 13:00 (UK)

Where is Northampton Saints vs Leinster taking place? Franklin's Gardens, Northampton

What is the expected weather for Northampton Saints vs Leinster? 8c in mostly cloudy skies

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

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

Where can I get tickets for Northampton Saints vs Leinster? 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 Northampton Saints and Leinster? Leinster 60-13 Northampton Saints

THE TEAM NEWS

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS

  • Northampton Saints continued their impressive run of form as they made it three wins from three in all competitions with a solid showing against Leicester Tigers at the weekend, with the Saints running in five tries.
  • The Saints have started their European Champions Cup campaign in confident fashion having won both of their games so far but they will need to be at their best if they are to continue their 100% record as they host the might of Leinster.
  • Dan Biggar, Courtney Lawes and Owen Franks were all late withdrawals from the side last week as they failed to overcome various injuries but the trio should all come back into contention for this huge contest.

LEINSTER

  • Leinster have been ruthless at the start of this season and they continued in that fashion as they proved too good for Glasgow Warriors in their Pro 14 clash at the weekend which ensured the Irish side maintained their 100% record in all competitions.
  • It makes it a daunting prospect for Northampton as they attempt to become the first side to topple Leinster this season although they will look to improve on their last European Champions Cup clash in which they only narrowly defeated Lyon in France.
  • Leinster have been given a huge boost ahead of this contest with centre Joe Tomane set to be available for selection once again, with the Australia international missing his side’s last three games with a hamstring issue.

THE PREDICTION

Northampton Saints have started their European Champions Cup campaign strongly but they now face their most difficult task in the first of a pool-defining double-header against Leinster. They get the chance to host the Irish side first up and should have their ranks boosted by some big players coming back into the fold having sat out last week but even at full-strength this will be an enormous ask and Leinster should be able to get over the line.

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