2019-20 Premiership Rugby – Leicester Tigers vs London Irish Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Leicester Tigers vs London Irish taking place? Wednesday 26th August, 2020 – 18:00 (UK)

Where is Leicester Tigers vs London Irish taking place? Welford Road, Leicester

What is the expected weather for Leicester Tigers vs London Irish? 19c cloudy

Where can I get tickets for Leicester Tigers vs London Irish? This match will be played behind closed doors

What television channel is Leicester Tigers vs London Irish on? BT Sport have the rights to televise Gallagher Premiership matches so it is worth checking their schedule

Where can I stream Leicester Tigers vs London Irish? If televised on BT Sport, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

TEAM NEWS

Leicester Tigers: 15 Freddie Steward, 14 David Williams, 13 Jaco Taute, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Tommy Reffell, 6 Hanro Liebenberg, 5 Calum Green, 4 Harry Wells, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Tom Youngs (c), 1 Ellis Genge

Replacements: 16 Charlie Clare, 17 Nephi Leatigaga, 18 Joe Heyes, 19 George Martin, 20 Luke Wallace, 21 Ben White, 22 Zack Henry, 23 Jordan Olowofela

London Irish: 15 Tom Homer, 14 Tom Parton, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Terrence Hepetema, 11 Ollie Hassell-Collins, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Ben Meehan, 8 Albert Tuisue, 7 Blair Cowan (c), 6 Ben Donnell, 5 Sebastian de Chaves, 4 George Nott, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Motu Matu’u, 1 Harry Elrington

Replacements: 16 Matt Cornish, 17 Will Goodrick-Clarke, 18 Lovejoy Chawatama, 19 Jack Cooke, 20 TJ Ioane, 21 Rory Brand, 22 Jacob Atkins, 23 Ross Neal

THE PREDICTION

Both Leicester Tigers and London Irish are on losing runs right now as they try to halt their respective slides. Tigers’ head coach Steve Borthwick makes 14 changes for this game as he looks to try spark a reaction from his side and they bring back some key men in Youngs, Cole, Ford and Genge. London Irish will make some changes too but they do not possess quite the same depth as Leicester. Their 27-3 loss to Northampton Saints was particularly disappointing and they are going to have to really improve to get anything here. The Tigers will be motivated to hand Borthwick his first win since taking over and they can pick up a morale-boosting win here.

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