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At Welford Road, Saturday January 9, live on Sky Sports 1 & HD1 from 3pm
England flanker Tom Croft returns to the Leicester squad for Saturday's home game against London Wasps.
Croft has recovered from an injury suffered in the win over Leeds Carnegie before Christmas and takes a place among the replacements.
Fellow international forwards Lewis Moody, Marcos Ayerza and Craig Newby return to the starting line-up as Head Coach Richard Cockerill makes changes following victory over Saracens.
Anthony Allen is ruled out by an ankle injury and former Wasps fly-half Jeremy Staunton returns to the Tigers backline.
"I was very pleased with the way we played at Saracens," said Cockerill.
"The result was very important, but the way we played was impressive too. We controlled the ball, we stood up to a very good pack and our accuracy was much better.
"Wasps are a good side and they've got a good record against us. They are also the team just behind us in the table so it is very important for us to keep our run going.
"Lewis Moody has had his rest and he is desperate to get out there playing for us again, and having Crofty back in the squad is also important."
As well as Allen, Tigers are without Martin Castrogiovanni, Aaron Mauger, Geordan Murphy and Julian White due to injury.
Meanwhile, Wasps have made five changes to the starting line up that missed out on victory at the hands of Newcastle last weekend.
Tony Hanks brings in a new look back line with Mark van Gisbergen, Paul Sackey and Ben Jacobs back in the XV. Danny Cipriani starts at ten and, in the only change to the forward pack, Ben Broster returns to the front row following recovery from a calf strain.
On the bench, Dave Walder and former Tiger Tom Varndell are named amongst the 23.
"Mark Van Gisbergen and Ben Jacobs are promoted back into the starting line-up this weekend," said Hanks.
"Paul Sackey returns to the number fourteen shirt and I think he is playing towards the top his game as seen with a very strong performance at Twickenham against Harlequins.
"Danny Cipriani starts at fly-half, having shown continued improvement in his increasing game time and was threatening with the ball in hand at ten and fifteen last weekend.
"Facing Leicester at Welford Road is the best kind of challenge for us on the back of last weekend's defeat. Going up to Leicester is the kind of task that forces you to bounce back and refocus pretty quickly.
"Wasps Leicester games always get the supporters revved up and the rivalry only adds to the intensity of the game. I think playing each other in a short time frame makes this even more exciting and we will be going up there with every ambition to uphold a solid record both home and away in previous clashes."
Leicester: 15 Scott Hamilton, 14 Johne Murphy, 13 Dan Hipkiss, 12 Jeremy Staunton, 11 Lote Tuqiri , 10 Toby Flood , 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Jordan Crane, 7 Lewis Moody, 6 Craig Newby, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Louis Deacon (capt), 3 Dan Cole, 2 Mefin Davies, 1 Marcos Ayerza.
Replacements: 16 George Chuter, 17 Boris Stankovich, 18 Robbie Harris, 19 Tom Croft, 20 Brett Deacon, 21 James Grindal, 22 Sam Vesty, 23 Alesana Tuilagi.
Wasps: 15 Mark Van Gisbergen, 14 Paul Sackey, 13 Ben Jacobs, 12 Dominic Waldouck, 11 David Lemi, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Mark Robinson, 8 Dan Ward-Smith, 7 Will Matthews, 6 John Hart (capt), 5 George Skivington, 4 Simon Shaw, 3 Ben Broster, 2 Rob Webber, 1 Tim Payne.
Replacements: 16 Joe Ward, 17 Sakaria Taulafo, 18 Gabriel Bocca, 19 Marty Veale, 20 Dan Leo, 21 James Honeyben, 22 Dave Walder, 23 Tom Varndell.
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|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Saturday 28th March|
|15:00||London Irish vs Newcastle Falcons|
|15:00||Leicester Tigers vs Exeter|
|15:15||Saracens vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 29th March|
|14:00||Sale Sharks vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Bath|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Bath|
|Saturday 11th April|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Saracens vs Leicester|
|Sunday 12th April|
|14:00||Exeter vs Northampton|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Sale|
|Friday 24th April|
|19:45||Bath vs London Irish|
|Saturday 25th April|
|14:00||Sale vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Northampton vs Saracens|
|Sunday 26th April|
|14:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Friday 8th May|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Bath|
|Saturday 9th May|
|14:00||Sale vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Northampton vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Irish|
|15:15||Wasps vs Leicester Tigers|
|Sunday 10th May|
|14:00||Saracens vs Exeter|
|Saturday 16th May|
|15:30||Exeter vs Sale|
|Sunday 8th March|
|Newcastle Falcons 12 - 16 Leicester Tigers|
|Wasps 17 - 26 Saracens|
|Saturday 7th March|
|Gloucester 33 - 33 Northampton|
|Exeter 74 - 19 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 26 - 20 London Irish|
|Friday 6th March|
|Bath 12 - 3 Sale Sharks|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Wasps 32 - 21 Gloucester|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Exeter 16 - 6 Bath|
|Saracens 22 - 17 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 28 - 8 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 12 - 50 London Irish|
|Friday 27th February|
|Northampton 17 - 13 Harlequins|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|London Irish 6 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Bath 13 - 21 Northampton|
|Harlequins 21 - 32 Exeter|
|Gloucester 48 - 10 London Welsh|
|Sale Sharks 14 - 10 Saracens|
|Friday 20th February|
|Newcastle 23 - 23 Wasps|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wasps 37 - 6 Harlequins|
|London Welsh 12 - 52 Sale|
|Saracens 34 - 24 Bath|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Exeter 46 - 17 Newcastle|
|Friday 13th February|
|Leicester 18 - 15 Gloucester|
|Northampton 15 - 9 London Irish|
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