Make no bones about it, this is a massive game for Newcastle, the Kingston Park outfit in desperate need of points following a dramatic fall from grace. The Falcons enjoyed an excellent season in 2017/18 with 14 wins from their 22 outings and a play-off berth secured as a result of their fourth-place finish. Nevetheless they have endured a thoroughly miserable time of things in the current campaign and currently sit rock-bottom of the Premiership table with a measly 25 points collected from their sixteen matches. Indeed their meagre total of five wins is far from acceptable and as things stand they sit some 21 points behind fourth-placed Gloucester, the position which they finished in last term. They will certainly have a tough time of things when Sale come to town this weekend although confidence will be relatively high in the home camp following a huge 20-19 win away to Wasps last weekend, this coming on the back of an equally impressive 17-6 victory over Worcester.
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Sale have enjoyed a positive campaign with their 39 points lifting them to fifth in the Premiership table after 16 games. Just seven points separate them from the play-off places and as such a few wins over the next few weeks could lift them very much into contention in this regard. The Lancashire side thrashed Leicester to the tune of 32-5 in a very one-sided exchange which further underlined their potential play-off credentials although they have been far less convincing on their travels of late with just a solitary win coming their way in three away games. As mentioned above, Newcastle head into this clash on the back of two impressive wins and at odds of 5/4 with Paddy Power Bookmakers, we feel that the hosts represent excellent value for the win.