2020-21 Premiership Rugby – Northampton Saints vs Harlequins Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Northampton Saints vs Harlequins taking place? Saturday 28th November, 2020 – 14:00 (UK)

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

What is the expected weather for Northampton Saints vs Harlequins? Cloudy, 8c

Where can I get tickets for Northampton Saints vs Harlequins? This match will be played behind closed doors

What television channel is Northampton Saints vs Harlequins on? BT Sport have the rights to televise Gallagher Premiership matches so it is worth checking their schedule

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

THE TEAM NEWS

Northampton Saints: 15 Harry Mallinder, 14 Ahsee Tuala, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Piers Francis, 11 Tom Collins, 10 James Grayson, 9 Alex Mitchell, 8 Tom Wood, 7 Lewis Ludlam (cc), 6 Nick Isiekwe, 5 David Ribbans, 4 Api Ratuniyarawa, 3 Paul Hill, 2 Reece Marshall, 1 Alex Waller (cc)

Replacements: 16 James Fish, 17 Nick Auterac, 18 Owen Franks, 19 Alex Coles, 20 Shaun Adendorff, 21 Henry Taylor, 22 Fraser Dingwall, 23 Rory Hutchinson

Harlequins: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Nathan Earle, 13 Luke Northmore, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Cadan Murley, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Danny Care, 8 Alex Dombrandt, 7 Will Evans, 6 Tom Lawday, 5 Stephan Lewies (c), 4 Glen Young, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Santiago Garcia Botta

Replacements: 16 Joe Gray, 17 Jordan Els, 18 Simon Kerrod, 19 Hugh Tizard, 20 James Chisholm, 21 Scott Steele, 22 James Lang, 23 Joe Marchant

THE PREDICTION

Two of the three teams to have lost in the opening round of fixtures without securing a bonus point will now face off with immediate redemption in their sights. Harlequins, especially, need to show big signs of improvement here after a penalty saved them from a whitewash against the defending champions Exeter Chiefs. The hosts here Northampton were close in their pursuit of the bonus against a spirited Sale and they will be the peppier of the two sides with the slightest of home advantages. Considering both sides’ early fortunes this match does not promise a crickets score and Northampton Saints to shade a tight encounter that goes under 40 points seems a good option.

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