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Gallagher Premiership Round 13: Match previews and teams news for all six games
The Premiership continues this weekend with three live games on BT Sport including a repeat of last season's final and league leaders Leicester Tigers at Wasps
A new year of Gallagher Premiership rugby continues this weekend with six unmissable games from round 13 of the English top flight.
2022 got under way with a bang last weekend with big hitters Saracens, Leicester, Exeter and Harlequins all picking up eye-catching wins as the race for the play-offs hots up.
As ever, BT Sport will show three live games this weekend from Friday through to Sunday, including champions Harlequins against two-time winners Exeter and league leaders Leicester against Wasps.
Read on for all the information you need to know about all six games, including how to watch free highlights of every game.
Friday 7 January
Saturday 8 January
Sunday 9 January
Sunday 9 January
Wasps vs Leicester, 2pm on BT Sport 2HD & Ultimate - Watch live stream
Two clubs with nine Premiership titles between them lock horns on Sunday afternoon as BT Sport's round 13 coverage comes to a close with a blockbuster encounter from the Coventry Building Society Arena.
League leaders Leicester could create history as they chase a 12th straight victory.
Victory over Wasps would see the Tigers equal their best-ever start to a season, set in 1984, and equal the record for the Premiership's best-ever start, held by Newcastle Falcons' 1998 vintage.
Despite the prospect of creating club history, director of rugby Steve Borthwick has keen to play down any talk of records with Saracens hot on their heels in second place.
“I don’t take the players beyond the very next game,” he said. “That’s the approach we have taken since the day I walked in to Leicester Tigers.
“We are not talking about any number of wins that have gone before, and we are not talking about potential permutations in the future. We are just talking about now.
“If you take your eye off for a moment, you live in the past for a little bit too long or you live too far in the future for a little bit too long, if you do either of those things then you are going to get beaten because of the standard of the opponents."
By contrast Wasps are 10 points adrift of the top four and fast slipping out of the play-off picture as we begin the new year.
Their only victory in any competition since the end of October was a home win over London Irish on Boxing Day, ending an unwanted run of five successive defeats at Coventry Building Society Arena.
Coupled with the fact that Wasps have lost their last four encounters with Leicester, Lee Blackett's men could be in for a long afternoon against Steve Borthwick's purring Tigers.
Can Leicester pick up a 12th successive league victory to complete the clean sweep of every Premiership team, or will Wasps take the biggest scalp of the season so far?
The curtain falls on another Premiership weekend at The Rec where rock bottom Bath play host to Worcester Warriors.
Both sides will be well rested after sitting out round 12, Worcester through a bye, while Bath were forced to cancel their trip to London Irish due to a Covid-19 outbreak.
The home side will hoping to turn over a new leaf as their search for a first Premiership win of the season extends into 2022.
Indeed, this will be Bath's first game since Boxing Day after their Premeirship Rugby Cup clash with Exeter was cancelled.
The West Country outfit are hoping to welcome back a number of high-profile injury absentees in the coming weeks to boost their chances of a first win.
Taulupe Faletau, Joe Cokanasiga and Cameron Redpath are all making good progress in their rehabilitation - although Sunday's game could come too soon for all three.
Fly-half Danny Cipriani will again miss out as he continues his recovery from Covid.
Worcester meanwhile will want to close the gap on those above them, as they sit four points off Wasps, Sale and Newcastle who are all tied on 24 points.
Head coach Jonathan Thomas will be looking for an improvement on his side's last Premiership outing, a 61-29 reversal at the hands of Saracens.
Will the Premiership's bottom dwellers make it 11th time lucky in their bid to snap their historic losing streak, or will the Warriors pile on the misery in front of Bath's beleagured fans?