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Rugby union fans have an almighty clash to look forward to on Friday night this week, as Bath welcome Saracens to the Rec.

Sarries have returned to their familiar position at the top of the Aviva Premiership table, having won all four of their opening fixtures in 2014-15.

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With Bath beaten away by Northampton Saints last week (31-24), Saracens' 40-19 win over Sale Sharks was enough to put them ahead of Mike Ford's side.

Sarries finished top of the league table in 2013-14, ahead of the eventual champions Northampton Saints, who beat them 24-20 in the Twickenham final.

Bath's first defeat of the season saw them slip to third place. However, their losing bonus point at Northampton means they remain only three points behind their opponents heading into Friday night's game.

So a win for Bath - live on BT Sport, kick-off 7:45pm - could propel them back to the top of the table, depending on the London Irish v Northampton result.

Saturday's televised game is Gloucester Rugby v Leicester Tigers, which kicks off at 3:15pm at Kingsholm.

Gloucester will go into this game with greater confidence following their comfortable win at London Welsh last week. Laurie Fisher's men picked up a valuable try bonus in a 46-10 demolition of the newly-promoted Exiles.

Leicester's surprise defeat at home to London Irish (22-19) will give Gloucester hope of causing an upset against the perennial Aviva Premiership challengers.

As in 2013-14, Leicester have experienced a slow start to the season, with two wins and two defeats from their opening four games.

With tough matches against Harlequins and Saracens to come, it's imperative Leicester can see off the home side's challenge on Saturday.

There's one other game for BT Sport viewers to enjoy this weekend: Sale Sharks v London Wasps at 2pm on Sunday October 5th.

Sale suffered their third defeat of the season last time out against Saracens, meaning Bryan Redpath's men have just seven points to their name so far.

Wasps have fared a little better, chalking up two wins and three bonus points to date, leaving them fifth in the table.

The Wycombe-based outfit enjoyed a comfortable win against Newcastle Falcons last weekend, running out 35-18 victors and claiming a try bonus.

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