The two teams have already met twice this season with Bath victorious on both occasions: 25-12 in the Premiership and 40-7 at The Rec in the LV= Cup on 6 February. Bath Rugby's defeat at Leicester in round 19 ended a seven game winning run in the Guinness Premiership. At The Rec Bath have won their last three Premiership matches since a London Irish victory there on 28 November. Sale Sharks have lost two of their last three games and have won just once on the road in the Guinness Premiership since January 2009: 24-17 at Leeds on 22 November. The Sharks have won only once at The Rec since 1998: 21-9 in the Premiership on 2 January 2006.