Bath looking to bounce back
October 29, 2010
Bath will be hoping to be celebrating against Harlequins on Sunday © Getty Images
Two sides who suffered disappointing defeats last week are looking to bounce back at the Stoop on Sunday.
Bath came up short at Welford Road against champions Leicester, while Harlequins also lost on the road as they left Gloucester with a solitary bonus point. Sitting sixth and seventh in the table, both sides will be targeting this one to get back into the upper echelons and keep pace with the leaders.
Harlequins - Player to Watch: 'Quins have been nothing if not exciting this season and the league's top points scorer Nick Evans will be crucial if they are to go on a run.
Harlequins - Team News: With Danny Care and Nick Easter away with England, Karl Dickson and Tom Guest start at scrum-half and No.8 respectively. Joe Marler has been released by the national squad to start in the front-row.
Bath - Player to Watch: England flanker Lewis Moody returns to action after injury and he will want to prove his fitness prior to next weekend's meeting with the All Blacks. Expect an all-action display.
Bath - Team News: Moody's return means that club skipper Luke Watson returns to his normal role at No.8 while Matt Banahan gets another run in the No.13 jersey after an early-season cameo in midfield.
Key Battle: With Moody, Watson and Simon Taylor pitting their wits against Guest and the established Chris Robshaw and Will Skinner, the breakdown will be fiercely contested.
Trivia: Harlequins' Samoan prop James Johnson is the heaviest player in the Aviva Premiership this season, weighing in at 22 stone.
Stats: Nick Evans is leading the way in the scoring charts this season with 91 points so far.
"This is going to be the tightest Premiership in its history, with everyone beating everyone. The great teams win the close games and that is where we must aim to be." - Harlequins boss Conor O'Shea.
"They have had a beginning to the season that's been similar to ourselves. The fact they change it around often can be seen as one their strengths. It's difficult to plan for who we're going to get and that's part of the enjoyment." - Bath coach Steve Meehan
Fantasy: 'Quins' England star Danny Care is top dog when it comes to scrum-halves in this season's Fantasy but he's out of action this weekend so you may need to make some changes in your ESPN Premiership Fantasy Game selection.
Prediction: Harlequins are due a big win after a few unlucky results, but Bath will be carried across the finishing line by their big names.
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