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Aviva Premiership rugby union returns to BT Sport this weekend after a two-week break, with Northampton Saints v Saracens the pick of the games.

The sides have been in Heineken Cup action for the last two weekends, each winning one and losing one of their opening pool games.

Northampton were beaten 19-13 in France by Castres two weeks ago, but rallied to defeat Welsh side Ospreys 27-16 last time out.

Sarries got their European campaign off to a flying start with a 23-17 win at Connacht in Ireland, but suffered an agonising 17-16 defeat to Toulouse at Wembley.

England's Owen Farrell saw a last-gasp drop-goal partially charged down as Toulouse held on to win in front of a bumper crowd of 61,428.

Going in to this weekend's game - live on BT Sport 1 at 3:15pm on Saturday October 26th - Saracens and Northampton occupy the top two spots in the Aviva Premiership.

The domestic season may only be five games old, but Saracens - who finished top of the league table in 2012-13 - again look like the team to beat.

Mark McCall's side will be looking for revenge against Northampton, who beat them 27-13 in the play-off semi-finals last season.

BT Sport viewers have two other games to look forward to this weekend, including Bath Rugby v Gloucester Rugby on Friday October 25th (kick-off 7:45pm).

Bath sit fourth in the table with three wins from five games, with their West Country rivals currently third-bottom after suffering three early defeats.

The home side come into the game after two successive Amlin Challenge Cup wins - 15-6 against Bordeaux-Begles and 26-10 versus Gwent Dragons.

Gloucester - who finished fifth in the 2012-13 Aviva Premiership, and therefore qualified for the Heineken Cup - beat Perpignan 27-22 but then lost out to Munster 26-10.

The televised fixture on Sunday October 27th is London Wasps v Leicester Tigers, which kicks off at 2pm live on BT Sport 1.

Reigning champions Leicester sit in third place after five games on 17 points, six behind Saracens, and come into the match after a 34-3 win against Treviso. The Tigers bounced back after a disappointing 22-16 reverse against Ulster the previous week.

Wasps lie second-bottom of the Aviva Premiership after five games, but take on Leicester following a 90-17 thrashing of Viadana in Italy and a 26-10 home win against Bayonne.

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