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Tom Youngs wary of threat Bristol pose to Leicester Tigers

Leicester captain Tom Youngs admits Bristol can turn their season around with a surprise win against his side on Friday.

Bristol are languishing at the bottom of the Aviva Premiership table after losing all eight of their matches so far this season.

It means Leicester, who sit fourth, are firm favourites to win at Ashton Gate but a shock result could act as a turning point for Bristol.

"If they beat us it turns their whole season round," Youngs told the Leicester Mercury.

"They were unlucky against Bath last week not to get anything out of the game. They will be confident and looking forward to us coming down.

"Every side who plays against us will raise their game 20 per cent."

Bristol ran Bath close last weekend before losing 16-9 while Tigers registered their third victory in a row by strolling past Harlequins 25-6.

Youngs believes Leicester's newly-promoted opponents are still adjusting to the division but improving with every week.

"They have been unlucky on occasions when things have let them down but they are getting better and better," he said.

"Maybe it has taken them some time to adjust to the Premiership in some respects and the pace of it."

In the other game on Friday night, Northampton will be looking for their fifth straight win in all competitions at home to Newcastle.

Northampton are five points ahead of Falcons in sixth but had to work hard for a 24-16 win when the two sides met in the Anglo Welsh Cup earlier this month.

"Northampton certainly tested us from an aerial point of view when they were up here last month in the Anglo-Welsh Cup," Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards said:

"They kicked the ball twice as much as we did so we are expecting them to utilise the boot again and they have always had a big, lumpy pack."

Richards added: "I am never satisfied because I want us to be right up around the top.

"I want us to be number one, and if you are satisfied with 10th then you shouldn't be in the game."


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