Aviva Premiership: Wasps v Bath preview
Last Updated: 24/11/13 10:16am
Seventh-placed London Wasps host third-placed Bath in a return to Aviva Premiership action at Adams Park on Sunday.
Sam Jones starts at seven while Jonah Holmes retains his place on the wing with Christian Wade not quite recovering in time from a hamstring strain.
Ashley Johnson and Nathan Hughes return to the back-row while the second-row combination for this weekend are Tom Palmer and Kearnan Myall with Joe Launchbury benching following his return from England duty.
Phil Swainston makes his first Premiership start of the season and replaces Jake Cooper-Woolley, who is ruled out with a groin strain.
In the backs, Josh Bassett returns to his spot on the wing, Ben Jacobs and Chris Bell make up the centre partnership and Andy Goode and Joe Simpson are the half-backs.
"The league table will show you that Bath are one of the real threats this season, and obviously they recruited very strongly over the summer to add to an already formidable squad," said Wasps boss Dai Young.
"They will come to us with a set piece that is going really well for them, a strong kicking game and some very dangerous backs so we have a big task on our hands."
Bath have made just three changes to last week's winning side. David Wilson returns from international duty to take the tighthead shirt, Peter Stringer is selected at scrum-half and Semesa Rokoduguni slots back in on the wing.
Wilson joins Nathan Catt and Rob Webber in the front-row, with Stuart Hooper and Dave Attwood continuing in the boiler room. Leroy Houston controls the base of the scrum at number eight, with Matt Garvey and Carl Fearns on the flanks.
Stringer renews his half-back partnership with George Ford, whilst Matt Banahan lines up on the opposite wing to Rokoduguni. Ollie Devoto and Jonathan Joseph link up in the midfield once more, as Nick Abendanon retains his place at full-back.
Wasps: Daly, Holmes, Jacobs, Bell (c), Bassett, Goode, Simpson, Hughes, Jones, Johnson, Myall, Palmer, Swainston, Festuccia, Mullan
Replacements: Cochrane, McIntyre, Taylor, Launchbury, Haskell, Thompson, Davies, Carlisle
Bath: Abendanon, Rokoduguni, Joseph, Devoto, Banahan, Ford, Stringer, Houston, Fearns, Garvey, Attwood, Hooper (c), Wilson, Webber, Catt
Replacements: Batty, Beech, Orlandi, Day, Gilbert, Roberts, Heathcote, Watson
Fri 24th Apr
Bath43 - 18London Irish
Sat 25th Apr
Sale Sharks0 - 0Harlequins
Gloucester0 - 0Newcastle Falcons
Leicester Tigers0 - 0London Welsh
Northampton0 - 0Saracens
Sun 26th Apr
Wasps0 - 0Exeter
Fri 8th May
Harlequins0 - 0Bath
Sat 9th May
Sale Sharks0 - 0Newcastle Falcons
Gloucester0 - 0London Irish
Northampton0 - 0London Welsh
Wasps0 - 0Leicester Tigers
Sun 10th May
Saracens0 - 0Exeter
Sat 16th May
Bath0 - 0Gloucester
Exeter0 - 0Sale Sharks
Leicester Tigers0 - 0Northampton
London Irish0 - 0Wasps
London Welsh0 - 0Saracens
Newcastle Falcons0 - 0Harlequins
Aviva Premiership 2013/14 Round Eight
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young apologised to the home supporters following Bath's comprehensive win at Adams Park.
Bath extended their winning run to seven matches in all competitions with a convincing 28-5 victory against Wasps.
Jim Mallinder says the severity of a knee injury suffered by England full-back Ben Foden has yet to be determined.