2019-20 Premiership Rugby – Sale Sharks vs Bath Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Sale Sharks vs Bath taking place? Sunday 13th September, 2020 – 15:00 (UK)

Where is Sale Sharks vs Bath taking place? AJ Bell Stadium, Eccles

What is the expected weather for Sale Sharks vs Bath? 21c sunny

Where can I get tickets for Sale Sharks vs Bath? This match will be played behind closed doors

What television channel is Sale Sharks vs Bath on? BT Sport have the rights to televise Gallagher Premiership matches so it is worth checking their schedule

Where can I stream Sale Sharks vs Bath? If televised on BT Sport, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

TEAM NEWS

Sale: 15 Luke James, 14 Denny Solomona, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Marland Yarde, 10 AJ MacGinty, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Tom Curry, 7 Ben Curry, 6 Jono Ross (c), 5 Jean-Luc du Preez, 4 Matt Postlethwaite, 3 Will-Griff John, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Valery Morozov

Replacements: 16 Rob Webber, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 19 Cobus Wiese, 20 Dan du Preez, 21 Will Cliff, 22 Sam James, 23 Arron Reed

Bath: 15 Tom de Glanville, 14 Gabriel Hamer-Webb, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Josh Matavesi, 11 Ruaridh McConnochie, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Ben Spencer, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Josh Bayliss, 5 Charlie Ewels (c), 4 Josh McNally, 3 Will Stuart, 2 Tom Dunn, 1 Beno Obano

Replacements: 16 Ross Batty, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Will Spencer, 20 Tom Ellis, 21 Miles Reid, 22 Will Chudley, 23 Cameron Redpath

THE PREDICTION

This is a crunch match in the race for the top four spots with both teams having identical records of 12 wins and seven losses but it is Sale who sit above Bath thanks to their 11 bonus points. Sale have really sharpened their game in recent weeks as they have cemented their spot in the top four as they have improved defensively which has been key to their recent success. That could be the deciding factor in this game as Bath will not find it as easy to score as they have done in recent games. This will be a tight hard-fought game but Sale have to be favoured to edge this.

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