Gallagher Premiership
Venue: Franklin’s Gardens Date: Friday, 28 December Kick-off: 19:45 GMT
Coverage: BBC Radio 5 live and local radio; BBC Sport Web Site

Premiership leaders Exeter Chiefs have the opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the desk whenever they face Northampton Saints on Friday.

Saturday’s win over previously unbeaten Saracens took Rob Baxter’s side three points clear at the summit.

Exeter have changed their complete front row from that game, while Ollie Devoto is in at centre and England’s Henry Slade is fit enough to produce the seat.

Saints’ simply shift is Jamie Gibson replacement Tom Wood in the rear row.

Wales fly half Dan Biggar kicked 20 points in Northampton’s victory at Worcester in their most recent outing.

Northampton: Tuala; Collins, Francis, Burrell, Naiyaravoro; Biggar, Biggar, Reinach; Waller (co-capt), Hartley (co-capt), Hill, Ribbans, Lawes, Gibson, Ludlam, Harrison.

Replacements: Marshall, Van Wyk, Franks, Ratuniyaraw, Wood, Brussow, Mitchell, Dingwall.

Exeter: Simmonds; Cordero, Whitten, Devoto, O’Flaherty; Steenson (capt), Maunder; Moon, Taione, Williams, Lees, Skinner, Lonsdale, Armand, Kvesic.

Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, Hepburn, Francis, Hill, Lawday, White, Slade, Dollman.

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