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Aviva Premiership: Wasps v Bath preview
- Saturday's Aviva Prem preview
- Diamond satisfied with win
- Tomkins facing long lay-off
- Young apologises for display
- Injury worry for Foden
- Sale enjoy winning bonus
- Bath sink Wasps to move third
- Quins make numbers count
- Sarries hold off Chiefs
- Saints bring down Falcons
Seventh-placed London Wasps host third-placed Bath in a return to Aviva Premiership action at Adams Park on Sunday.
Sam Jones starts at seven while Jonah Holmes retains his place on the wing with Christian Wade not quite recovering in time from a hamstring strain.
Ashley Johnson and Nathan Hughes return to the back-row while the second-row combination for this weekend are Tom Palmer and Kearnan Myall with Joe Launchbury benching following his return from England duty.
Phil Swainston makes his first Premiership start of the season and replaces Jake Cooper-Woolley, who is ruled out with a groin strain.
In the backs, Josh Bassett returns to his spot on the wing, Ben Jacobs and Chris Bell make up the centre partnership and Andy Goode and Joe Simpson are the half-backs.
"The league table will show you that Bath are one of the real threats this season, and obviously they recruited very strongly over the summer to add to an already formidable squad," said Wasps boss Dai Young.
"They will come to us with a set piece that is going really well for them, a strong kicking game and some very dangerous backs so we have a big task on our hands."
Bath have made just three changes to last week's winning side. David Wilson returns from international duty to take the tighthead shirt, Peter Stringer is selected at scrum-half and Semesa Rokoduguni slots back in on the wing.
Wilson joins Nathan Catt and Rob Webber in the front-row, with Stuart Hooper and Dave Attwood continuing in the boiler room. Leroy Houston controls the base of the scrum at number eight, with Matt Garvey and Carl Fearns on the flanks.
Stringer renews his half-back partnership with George Ford, whilst Matt Banahan lines up on the opposite wing to Rokoduguni. Ollie Devoto and Jonathan Joseph link up in the midfield once more, as Nick Abendanon retains his place at full-back.
Wasps: Daly, Holmes, Jacobs, Bell (c), Bassett, Goode, Simpson, Hughes, Jones, Johnson, Myall, Palmer, Swainston, Festuccia, Mullan
Replacements: Cochrane, McIntyre, Taylor, Launchbury, Haskell, Thompson, Davies, Carlisle
Bath: Abendanon, Rokoduguni, Joseph, Devoto, Banahan, Ford, Stringer, Houston, Fearns, Garvey, Attwood, Hooper (c), Wilson, Webber, Catt
Replacements: Batty, Beech, Orlandi, Day, Gilbert, Roberts, Heathcote, Watson
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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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