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Aviva Premiership preview: London Wasps v Saracens
London Wasps have made four changes to their starting line-up ahead of their clash with top-of-the-table Saracens on Saturday.
After three successive defeats Wasps coach Dai Young brings Andrea Masi, Joe Launchbury, Tom Lindsay and Zak Taulafo into the starting XV.
The quartet started on the bench last weekend as Wasps slipped to defeat at the hands of Northampton.
Masi's inclusion at outside centre sees Elliot Daly revert to full-back, while the front row reshuffle brings Lindsay and Taulafo into the side as Tim Payne drops to the bench.
With the visitors sat at the head of the table having won four of their last five matches, Young acknowledges the threat being posed at Adams Park, stating: "Saracens aren't top of the table by accident and they are full of quality so this will be a real test."
Meanwhile, Charlie Hodgson returns to the Saracens starting line-up at fly-half as Owen Farrell switches to inside centre in place of the rested Brad Barritt.
Saracens coach Mark McCall makes four changes to his pack with John Smit, Petrus du Plessis, Mouritz Botha and Jackson Wray all named in the starting XV.
Schalk Brits, Matt Stevens, Alistair Hargreaves and Kelly Brown are all left out of the squad as a result of McCall's rotation system.
Neil de Kock and Chris Wyles also get the nod ahead of Richard Wigglesworth and David Strettle who start on the bench, where they will be joined by the returning Jacques Burger.
London Wasps: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Christian Wade, 13 Andrea Masi, 12 Chris Bell, 11 Tom Varndell, 10 Stephen Jones, 9 Joe Simpson, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Sam Jones, 6 Ashley Johnson, 5 Marco Wentzel (capt), 4 Joe Launcbury, 3 Phil Swainston, 2 Tom Lindsay, 1 Zak Taulafo.
Replacements: 16 T Rhys Thomas, 17 Tim Payne, 18 Will Taylor, 19 Tom Palmer, 20 Jonathan Poff, 21 Charlie Davies, 22 Nick Robinson, 23 Hugo Southwell.
Saracens: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Joel Tomkins, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Chris Wyles, 10 Charlie Hodgson, 9 Neil de Kock, 8 Ernst Joubert, 7 Will Fraser, 6 Jackson Wray, 5 Mouritz Botha, 4 Steve Borthwick (capt), 3 Petrus du Plessis, 2 John Smit, 1 Mako Vunipola.
Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Rhys Gill, 18 Carlos Nieto, 19 George Kruis, 20 Jacques Burger, 21 Richard Wigglesworth, 22 Duncan Taylor, 23 David Strettle.
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Aviva Premiership Table
|Friday 5th September|
|19:45||Northampton vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th September|
|14:00||Sale vs Bath|
|14:00||Saracens vs Wasps|
|15:00||Leicester vs Newcastle|
|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 7th September|
|14:00||London Welsh vs Exeter|
|Friday 12th September|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Saracens|
|Saturday 13th September|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Sale|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Exeter vs Leicester|
|Sunday 14th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs London Irish|
|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Exeter|
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Sale vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|15:15||Bath vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
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