Sky Sports brings you the best of the build up to Saturday's Aviva Premiership final.
Last Updated: 24/05/13 1:01pm
The waiting is almost over for the players and fans of Leicester and Northampton - with the Aviva Premiership final nearly upon us.
Saturday's showpiece event at Twickenham pitches the East Midlands rivals together for the right to be Premiership champions.
For the Tigers it will be their ninth successive appearance - although they have lost five times, including the last two - while underdogs Northampton will be making their debut in the final.
And ahead of the hotly-anticipated encounter, Sky Sports brings you the best of the build up...
Aviva Premiership match preview
Leicester have opted to keep changes to a minimum as they look to claim the Aviva Premiership title against Northampton at Twickenham on Saturday. The only alteration comes on the bench with Ed Slater coming in. Northampton have made three changes to their squad for their Premiership final debut - with injury to Calum Clark forcing the hand of director of rugby Jim Mallinder. For the full preview, click here
Tom and Ben Youngs
Sky Sports expert Dewi Morris is tipping Leicester to scrape past rivals Northampton in a tense Aviva Premiership final at Twickenham on Saturday. "For me they are the more balanced side than Saints. They have strength in depth and can play any way. Recently Tom Croft's performances have been brilliant, the Youngs brothers - Ben and Tom - have been excellent, Toby Flood will want to prove a point to the Lions and in Vereniki Goneva and Manu Tuilagi they've got game breakers."
Leicester are favourites
Sky Bet's Jordan Fiddes picks out his top tips for this weekend's Aviva Premiership final. "Leicester - who finished the season in second place - were 2/1 to win this year's Grand Final before the opening day, however they are now strong 2/5 favourites to take the crown on Saturday. Northampton, on the other hand, finished the season in fourth place and were a massive 14/1 to claim the title at the start of the campaign. This weekend, the Saints are +6 on the handicap at 10/11 which seems too low for me."
Dan Cole v Soane Tonga'uiha
The curtain will finally fall on the Aviva Premiership season on Saturday when East Midlands rivals Leicester and Northampton clash at Twickenham.
The Tigers will be taking part in their ninth successive final, while the Saints will be appearing for the first time. And ahead of the mouth-watering encounter, we look at the key head-to-head battles where the match could be won and lost. For more click here
No Lions distractions
Tom Croft is focused on Leicester
Tom Croft is among six Leicester players who will link up with the British and Irish Lions after this weekend's Premiership final at Twickenham - however his focus is purely on domestic glory. "This is an exciting time for the club and it is what the boys play for throughout the year. It is not about 'oh I wish I was with the Lions now' it is about finishing off the job here, hopefully picking up the trophy and then you can flick the switch on Sunday and meet up with the Lions and fly off to Australia."
Point to prove
Dylan Hartley says he is not going on the British and Irish Lions tour just to make up the numbers and will prove his worth in Saturday's Aviva Premiership final. The Northampton skipper will go up against England and Lions rival Tom Youngs at Twickenham and he is out to prove a point. "I think a few people think I am in the Lions squad to cover the third hooker place. I see this weekend as a chance to push myself forward. I am going there to win a trophy for the club but it is an opportunity to play well and put my hand up."
Gallery - Leicester v Northampton
Leicester and Northampton have enjoyed a number of rip-roaring encounters over the years. Saturday's match will be the 228th meeting between the East Midlands rivals - with the first encounter back in 1880 - at Leicester's Belgrave Cricket & Cycle Ground - ending in a 0-0 draw. The Tigers have had the edge over the Saints in recent years, winning the past seven encounters - including in the final of the LV= Cup. Ahead of the Premiership final we look back at some of the past encounters.