Championship side Queens Park Rangers have released five players who are out of contract in the summer.
Alex Baptiste, Jake Bidwell, Jordan Cousins, Joel Lynch and Pawel Wszolek will all leave in June.
Defender Angel Rangel and young goalkeeper Seny Dieng have been offered new deals at Loftus Road.
Loan players Nahki Wells (Burnley), Tomer Hemed (Brighton) and Geoff Cameron (Stoke) have all returned to their parent clubs.
Meanwhile, boss Mark Warburton has added to his coaching staff with the appointment of former Rangers and Arsenal scout Neil Banfield as first-team coach.
John Eustace, who was part of Steve McClaren’s backroom team, has been named assistant manager.
“Neil has vital experience which is going to benefit everyone at the club,” Warburton said.
“I know John from my time at Watford, I know the qualities he had as a player but also the qualities he had off the pitch and what he brought to the dressing room.”
Leicester and Chelsea played out a low-key end-of-season affair which ended goalless at the King Power Stadium.
The result ensured Chelsea finished their first Premier League campaign under Italian manager Maurizio Sarri in third.
Sarri’s side began brightly despite the absence of Eden Hazard, who started on the substitutes’ bench.
Pedro and Willian both carried a threat, but Gonzalo Higuain missed the pick of their chances from close range before the contest fizzled out.
Leicester – who have enjoyed a renaissance since Brendan Rodgers took charge in February, collecting 17 points over the last nine games – end the season in ninth.
While Chelsea’s play was neat, tidy and carried an occasional threat, the first period served up a look at what life might be like without Hazard in the future.
The Belgium international has been directly involved in more Premier League goals than any other player this season, with 16 goals and 15 assists.
And without their talismanic forward, Sarri’s side were unable to turn their dominance into the reward of an opening goal, with only three of their eight shots finding the target.
Ross Barkley set the tone with an effort that was brilliantly saved by home goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel in the third minute.
But that early promise dissolved particularly once Higuain spurned the best opportunity of the game.
The 31-year-old Argentina international managed to hit his standing leg from six yards out when completely unmarked, bringing a sweeping Chelsea move to an unfortunate conclusion.
A look to the future under Rodgers
Leicester began this contest hoping to complete their first league double over Chelsea since 2000-01, but they were slow out of the blocks in a game that was ultimately inconsequential to both the top and bottom of the table.
Unlike the visitors who still have an end-of-season showpiece in the form of an all-English Europa League final against Arsenal, the Foxes had no such ongoing concerns.
Their improvement under Rodgers has long since assured their Premier League status and a victory here could have only brought an eighth-place finish.
There was a nod to the past, with 2015-16 Premier League title winners Shinji Okazaki and Danny Simpson emerging as second-half substitutes to rapturous ovations.
Both are out of contract and set to depart the club this summer, but there was also the promise of the future with 21-year-old midfielder Hamza Choudhury starting his third consecutive game and Harvey Barnes being introduced from the bench.
Choudhury, an England Under-21 international, volleyed over in the first period with Leicester’s first chance of note, while Barnes laid on a late chance for Youri Tielemans.
Man of the match – Harry Maguire (Leicester City)
‘It’s time to respect his decision’ – what they said
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri speaking to Sky Sports: “Eden [Hazard] was tired today so he was on the bench. We tried to win with him later on in the last 25 minutes. I think Eden has played here in Chelsea for seven seasons, trying in every match to do his best and now it’s time to respect his decision, but I hope he will remain with us.
“The season is good. We were in trouble two or three months ago but third place is a very good result. Now we have to go to Baku for the Europa League final and we have the chance for our season to be wonderful.”
On playing a friendly in the United States in midweek: “It’s a double feeling. I’m happy because we go there for a good reason. As a coach I am worried because we are tired and need to rest.”
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers: “It was a very good game. They had one or two chances as did we. I was pleased with the mentality of the players and we didn’t concede, which was important.
“Jamie [Vardy] is a constant threat – we had a few moments where we got in but it was just that final pass. The quality we showed at times was very good.
“They want to learn. We beat Arsenal, played well against Manchester City and got a point today. People thought we would not get any points from the last three games. It’s been a nice induction into the club – the players have been good, the supporters. We’ll now add that bit of depth to the squad.”
Golden oldie Caballero – the stats
- There has been just one goal scored in the last three Premier League meetings between Leicester and Chelsea.
- This was Chelsea’s fourth goalless draw in the Premier League this season, their most since 2013-14 (also four).
- Chelsea won just two of their last nine Premier League away games this season (W2 D2 L5), drawing their last two.
- Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has faced Chelsea more often than any other Premier League side without winning (nine games – W0 D5 L4).
- Chelsea ended the season in 3rd position, the 13th time in the last 16 seasons they’ve finished in the top-three of the Premier League.
- Willy Caballero, aged 37 years and 226 days, became Chelsea’s second oldest Premier League player – only Mark Schwarzer has featured for the Blues at an older age (41y 217d in May 2014).
Chelsea travel to the United States for a friendly against New England Revolution on Wednesday, 15 May before they face Arsenal in an all-English Europa League final in Baku, Azerbaijan on Wednesday, 29 May (20:00 BST).
A new husband whose wife died on their honeymoon has been banned from leaving Sri Lanka.
Khilan Chandaria, 33, and Usheila Patel, 31, from Finchley, north London, fell ill on 25 April, two days into their trip.
Both were taken to hospital but Mrs Patel was pronounced dead.
Mr Chandaria has not been arrested but cannot leave Sri Lanka until an investigation into the death has concluded.
The Foreign Office confirmed it was working with Mr Chandaria.
Mr Chandaria said: “I still speak to her every night. I don’t want to leave without her.
“I feel like the whole world is against me. It’s been hard to do anything.
“I don’t think the grieving process has really started yet.”
The couple married in Brent, north London, on Good Friday, three years to the day after they met.
Their visit to Sri Lanka was supposed to be the first part of a honeymoon that would eventually take them to the Maldives.
They became ill while staying at the Amari hotel in the coastal city of Galle.
Mr Chandaira, who says he also suffered days of vomiting and fever, said he did not know what caused the sudden deterioration in their condition.
While he had initially been free to leave Sri Lanka, he refused to leave until his wife’s body has been released.
He has now been banned from leaving until a government report into the death can be prepared.
“It just didn’t feel right leaving her here,” Mr Chandaira said.
“I want to go home knowing my wife will be coming home too and say my last goodbyes.”
A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are supporting a British man in Sri Lanka. Our consular staff have shared advice on bereavement abroad and are in contact with the Sri Lankan authorities.”
One of the London Bridge attackers was seen washing his knife and wiping it on his beard shortly after eight people were killed, an inquest has heard.
Khuram Butt, 27, was caught on CCTV cleaning his 12in pink ceramic knife inside the Black and Blue restaurant.
In the same footage, an accomplice, Youssef Zaghba, 22, was seen having a drink from behind the bar.
The inquest also heard two victims might still be alive if barriers had been put up after a similar attack.
Khuram Butt, Youssef Zaghba and Rachid Redouane were shot dead by police after they drove a van into pedestrians, stabbed others, and confronted unarmed police officers shouting “Allahu Akbar” on 3 June 2017.
Counsel for the coroner Jonathan Hough QC had warned the families of the victims at the inquest at the Old Bailey that “distressing images” would be shown and that Butt’s reaction was “the most chilling”.
The inquest was also shown footage of diner Roy Larner, dubbed the Lion of London Bridge, being savagely stabbed in the stomach.
Mr Larner appeared not to react after he was stabbed twice in quick succession before he stood up and ran away.
In other footage, the third attacker, Rachid Redouane, 30, was shown on CCTV bending down to tie his shoelaces in the street during the attack through Borough Market.
Redouane was also seen, in other images, talking to an unidentified man and then walking away without attacking him, for reasons that are not known.
Mr Hough said: “There is clearly some form of discussion. We don’t know what was said. Despite appeals for witnesses, he [the man in the footage] never came forward.”
In the space of three minutes, the attackers had struck Xavier Thomas, 45, and Christine Archibald, 30, with a van on the bridge then fatally stabbed Alexandre Pigeard, 26, Sara Zelenak, 21, Kirsty Boden, 28, Sebastien Belanger, 36, James McMullan, 32, and Ignacio Echeverria, 39, around Borough Market.
Within 10 minutes, the attackers, who injured 48 more people, had been shot dead by police marksmen.
In the CCTV, pedestrians were seen running for their lives as the attackers’ van mounted the pavement on the bridge.
The inquest also heard that two victims of the attack, Christine Archibald, 30, and Xavier Thomas, 45, might still be alive if barriers had been put up following the Westminster Bridge attack, which took place two months earlier.
The pair were among 10 people struck by a 2.5-ton hire van driven by Zaghba.
Mr Thomas was knocked into the Thames and found dead three days later, while Ms Archibald died after being dragged under the wheels of the powerful vehicle.
Gareth Patterson, QC, representing some victims, questioned a senior officer about why no barriers were put in place on London Bridge following the earlier attack in Westminster.
He said: “There were no barriers in place on that pavement protecting pedestrians from traffic on that road.
“If there had been barriers Christine Archibald and Xavier Thomas would now be with us today.”
Senior investigating officer Det Supt Rebecca Riggs agreed, saying: “That may well be the case.”
The court heard barriers were put up on London Bridge within two days of the attack.
‘In harm’s way’
Earlier, Det Supt Riggs told the inquest that armed officers who arrived at the scene withdrew when Butt and Zaghba had discarded their jackets to reveal fake suicide vests.
“They could see that the attackers were still moving,” she said.
“They believed they were going to activate the explosive devices they were wearing and they fired a number of shots.”
Neil McLelland, who was looking out of the window of the nearby Wheatsheaf pub, was hit in the head by a bullet and fell to the ground, while five other people were injured by shrapnel from the shooting.
The court heard the officers then put “themselves in harm’s way” to evacuate the pub, taking Mr McLelland and others to safety.
Mr McLelland survived his injuries.
The second day of the inquest was also told one victim was killed after he tried to beat the attackers with his skateboard.
Det Supt Riggs said Spaniard Ignacio Echeverria, 39, had been cycling with friends when he came across PC Wayne Marques and PC Charlie Guenigault trying to tackle the knifemen.
The officers had stepped in to help Oliver Downing and Marie Bondeville, who had been hurt by the trio.
Mr Echeverria, an HSBC financial crime analyst, ran across to help and swung his board at one of the killers but was knocked to the ground by Redouane, the inquest was told.
Det Supt Riggs said: “Ignacio got off his bike and ran across to where the two officers were to assist [them].”
“He had taken his board from his rucksack and swung at the attackers and managed to hit them. [Rachid] Redouane retaliated, causing him to fall on the ground,” she added.
“The attackers then set upon him on the ground.”
Counsel to the coroner Jonathan Hough QC added: “It was a brief but furious assault.”
Attack caught on cameras
BBC reporter Marie Jackson, at the inquest
Over several hours, the inquest watched the horrific attack unfold from every angle, second by second, from cameras on buildings, in restaurants, in taxis and buses, on police body-cams and the public’s mobile phones.
The hearing gasped as the attackers’ van was shown careering over London Bridge, knocking over pedestrians like skittles.
One camera captured Tyler Ferguson running to the side of his fiancée, Chrissy Archibald, as she lay dying in the middle of the road.
Other footage showed the attackers striding side-by-side through Borough Market, indiscriminately stabbing anyone in their path.
Their victims are filmed bleeding in the street, clutching their faces, heads and chests.
In the Black and Blue restaurant, the men stabbed customers with their knives before ducking behind the bar to swig some water from a tap.
On their way out, they picked up a couple of bottles, smashed them on the side of a table – another weapon.
On Thursday, the hearing is due to hear from an eyewitness, Christine Delcros, whose partner Xavier Thomas was knocked off the bridge and into the Thames by the attackers’ van.
Earlier, Ms Delcros wept in court as CCTV footage showed the French couple walking hand in hand towards the bridge, their final moments together.
In a touching moment, Julie Wallace, the bereaved mother of Sara Zelenak, crossed the courtroom to take a seat beside Ms Delcros to comfort her.
The inquest continues.
A man arrested over the abduction and rape of three women in and around London is being investigated for other attacks involving nine further victims.
Joseph McCann, 34, was arrested in Congleton, Cheshire, after two girls, aged 14, were abducted in the town.
He is being investigated over attacks in Cheshire, Manchester and Lancashire, on victims aged between 11 and 71.
Det Ch Insp Katherine Goodwin, of the Metropolitan Police, said the attacks were “grotesque and horrifying”.
The officer urged other victims to come forward and want to hear from anyone who had been approached by Mr McCann or in contact with him between February and May.
Mr McCann was found in a tree in Smithy Lane on Sunday evening and arrested after a stand-off with police negotiators.
He had been spotted in the town after two girls were forced into a car that afternoon.
Met detectives are now investigating him in connection with a number of other attacks earlier that day.
These include the false imprisonment of a woman in Haslingden, Lancashire, in which a teenage girl and a boy, 11, were raped and the abduction and rape of a 71-year-old in Bury, Manchester.
The suspect is also being investigated over the abduction of two 13-year-old boys and the abduction and sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl in Heywood, Manchester, at about 15:30 BST on Sunday.
Det Ch Insp Goodwin said the attacks were believed to have taken place between 21 April and 5 May.
“Detectives from the Met continue to lead on this investigation and are working very closely with policing counterparts where he is suspected to have carried out further offences,” she said.
Mr McCann was also wanted for questioning over the abduction and rape of a 21-year-old woman at knifepoint in Watford, Hertfordshire, in the early hours of 21 April.
The Met Police launched an appeal to find Mr McCann after two women in their 20s were snatched off streets in London and raped in a car in London on 25 April.
Wolves moved a step closer to a seventh-placed Premier League finish and potentially European football next season as Leander Dendoncker’s volley gave the hosts victory over Fulham at Molineux.
After a largely frustrating 75 minutes, Joao Moutinho played in Matt Doherty down the right for the defender to curl in a fine cross that Dendoncker emphatically smashed inside the near post.
Superb Wolves forward Diogo Jota went close four times, twice sliding wide and twice drawing fine saves from Fulham keeper Sergio Rico, while Dendoncker also hit the bar with a header.
The already-relegated visitors should have taken the lead on 62 minutes but Aleksandar Mitrovic scooped his first-time effort over the bar after he was picked out in the middle by Ryan Sessegnon.
Wolves will be guaranteed of finishing seventh in their first season after promotion if Leicester fail to beat Premier League leaders Manchester City on Monday.
If Nuno Espirito Santo’s side do secure seventh and City subsequently beat Watford in the FA Cup final, then Wolves will land a Europa League spot next season, returning to Europe after a 39-year wait.
Dendoncker ensures rousing end to home finale
Wolves have oddly struggled against struggling sides this season, having lost six of their 11 previous matches against teams in the bottom six heading into that round of fixtures.
For long periods of this game, it looked like a compact but limited Fulham would add a goalless draw to that record but Wolves were determined not to let their last home game be a disappointment after a season of thrilling matches at Molinuex.
Jota weaved his way past Fulham defenders all afternoon, picking up a yellow card for simulation early on, but more often drawing fouls and getting his team surging forward on the counter-attack.
In the first half, a brilliant flick from Raul Jimenez led to Jota forcing Rico to palm it round corner, before he got past his man and slid wide across goal with his left foot.
He similarly slipped a left-footed effort beyond the far post after the break and then saw a brilliant volley pushed onto the bar by Rico as the Portuguese ultimately failed to get the goal his performance deserved.
But Dendoncker broke through. Having seen his header from a corner rebound off the bar in the first half, the Belgium midfielder showed excellent technique to volley the ball from just behind his body and edge Wolves towards the highest finish for a promoted side since Ipswich came fifth in 2000-01.
More to follow.
A 79-year-old man who killed a burglar picked up a kitchen knife and warned him his weapon was “bigger than yours”, an inquest has heard.
Richard Osborn-Brooks stabbed Henry Vincent to death in Hither Green, south-east London, in April last year.
He told Southwark Coroner’s Court the 37-year-old had threatened him with a screwdriver, then “rushed forward” and “ran into the knife I was holding”.
Coroner Andrew Harris ruled Mr Vincent was lawfully killed.
Mr Vincent’s sister told the hearing her brother was “not a violent person”.
“He was a father, he was a son, he was a brother. No one deserves to die,” Rosie Vincent said.
Speaking by videolink, Mr Osborn-Brooks told the inquest he still believed the intruder was “intending to do me harm” during the break-in on 4 April 2018.
He said two men had knocked on his door, grabbed him and pushed him inside.
Both then demanded money as one then shoved him toward the kitchen and the other ran upstairs.
He told the hearing that when he grabbed the knife, Mr Vincent’s accomplice fled out of the front door but the intruder came down the stairs holding the screwdriver and saying “get out of my way or I’ll stick you with this”.
Mr Osborn-Brooks said he had then warned him his weapon was “bigger than yours” as “I thought he would look at my knife… and he would take the opportunity to run out the front door which was open”.
“He definitely didn’t try to get out of the front door, he came towards me,” he said.
Mr Vincent’s cause of death was given as an incised wound to the chest.
In a statement, the pathologist who carried out the post-mortem examination said a toxicology report indicated “a recent use of both cocaine and heroin”.
He said Mr Vincent “may have been experiencing the effects” at the time of the raid.
Fans will no longer need to use pen, paper and a stamped addressed envelope to apply for Wimbledon tickets after the grass-court showpiece announced an end to a 95-year tradition.
The move to an online ballot from 2020 was among several changes confirmed by the All England Club on Tuesday.
Prize money will increase by 11.8% this year, with the total pot at the Grand Slam standing at £38m.
The men’s and women’s singles champions will win £2.35m, a rise of £100,000.
Prize money for early-round losers will increase by more than 10%, while there is also a double-digit increase for men’s and women’s doubles.
The new retractable roof over Court One will be in operation this year but the shot-clock – used at January’s Australian Open – will not be.
But the device, which counts down the seconds allowed between points, is “very likely” to be introduced from 2020, All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) chief executive Richard Lewis told a news conference.
Meanwhile, the wheelchair event has been expanded to include quad singles and doubles after a trial last year.
This year’s grass-court Grand Slam runs from 1 to 14 July.
Since 1924 Wimbledon has sold the majority of its tickets through a postal ballot, which requires fans to send a stamped addressed envelope to receive an application form, which they then need to post back to the All England Club to enter the ballot.
The completed forms need to be returned by the end of the December before the July championships and fans cannot apply for specific dates or courts.
The system is set to remain the same for the online application, just without the paper and stamps.
The new online ballot does not affect the popular queue – where people often camp overnight to buy on-the-day tickets.
Prize money increases
Wimbledon has once again announced higher percentage increases in prize money for players who go out in the first three rounds of the main draw or in qualifying.
“It is a clear demonstration, once again, of our continued commitment to do what we can for players for whom it will have the most impact,” AELTC chairman Philip Brook said.
Since 2011, the prize money for first-round losers has increased almost four fold, from £11,500 to £45,000.
Meanwhile, if Britain’s Jamie Murray wins the men’s doubles title this year, he would share £540,000 with his partner, which is a rise of 20% compared to last year.
|Selected Wimbledon prize money|
|Singles champions||£2.35m||+4.4% (compared to 2018)|
|First-round singles loser||£45,000||+15.4%|
|Mixed doubles champions||£116,000||+5.5%|
|Wheelchair singles champions||£46,000||+15%|
|Wheelchair doubles champions||£18,000||+28.6%|
|Total prize money||£38m||+11.8%|
What are the other changes for 2019?
Among other changes announced on Tuesday was that play on the outside courts will begin half an hour earlier than previously, at 11:00 BST, and four more courts will offer Hawk-Eye technology for line calls.
The capacity of the grounds will rise to 42,000, an increase of 3,000 following the completion of work to put a roof on Court One.
The cost of the project, which comes 10 years after Wimbledon installed a retractable roof over Centre Court, has not been disclosed but Brook said it had been completed on time and on budget.
The roof will be tested at a tennis and music exhibition event on 19 May, which will be broadcast live on the BBC and raise money for a homeless fund set up by the Wimbledon Foundation.
Organisers also announced plans for a greener championships, by using only 100% recycled and recyclable water bottles and scrapping plastic bags from its racquet-stringing operation.
Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge ran the second fastest marathon in history to win the London Marathon for a fourth time as Britain’s Mo Farah finished fifth.
Kipchoge, 34, who broke the world record in Berlin last year, triumphed in two hours two minutes 38 seconds.
Farah finished three minutes one second behind Kipchoge, while fellow Briton Callum Hawkins was 10th.
Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei, 25, became the youngest female London winner, with Britain’s Charlotte Purdue 10th.
Ethiopia’s Mosinet Geremew and Mule Wasihun finished second and third respectively behind Kipchoge, who finished 59 seconds shy of his world record of 2:01:39.
Earlier, American Daniel Romanchuk and Switzerland’s Manuela Schar won the men’s and women’s elite wheelchair races.
More than 40,000 runners, some dressed as giraffes, bells, cars and even Big Ben, took to the streets of the capital as the amount raised by the London Marathon passed £1bn.
‘The wheels came off and I was hanging in there’
Farah’s time of 2:05:39, although outside his personal best, is the second fastest by a Briton.
He was dropped by the leading pack around the halfway mark as the men’s field started to string out with Kipchoge dictating the pace.
Farah was involved in a row with double Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie this week but said it “didn’t distract me at all”.
“I felt great with my start,” the four-time Olympic champion, 36, told BBC Sport.
“My aim was to follow the pacemaker, but after 20 miles when he dropped out, the gap opened up and it became hard to close.
“My aim was to try and reel them back but the wheels came off and I was hanging in there.”
Hawkins, making his return to the marathon for the first time since collapsing from exhaustion in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, set a Scottish record of 2:08:14.
Alongside Farah, Hawkins and Purdue, Dewi Griffiths and Tish Jones also fulfilled the qualifying criteria for the 2019 World Championships, which take place in Doha in the autumn.
‘I only chase one rabbit and that was London’
Kipchoge, who won Olympic gold at Rio 2016, has now won 11 of the 12 marathons in which he has competed, only missing out in Berlin in 2013.
He broke his own London Marathon record – set in 2016 – by 28 seconds.
“I’m happy to win on the streets of London for the fourth time and to make history,” Kipchoge told BBC Sport.
“The crowd in London is wonderful and that spirit pushed me. From the first kilometre to the last, everybody is shouting. I’m happy to cross the line.”
Asked about his next race, he said: “As usual, I do not chase two rabbits – I only chase one and that was London. I have caught that rabbit so I will discuss with my team what follows. The second option is still open.”
Farah said: “Congratulations to Eliud and the better man won today. He is a very special athlete and he is humble.
“If Eliud can run those sort of times it just gives us another level of possibility. It’s a different mindset chasing someone and it takes the pressure off me.”
Kosgei wins maiden women’s title in London
Kosgei beat defending champion and compatriot Vivian Cheruiyot to win for the first time in London.
She crossed the finish line in 2:18:20, almost two minutes ahead of Cheruiyot as Roza Dereje of Ethiopia finished third.
The top three had left three-time London Marathon winner Mary Keitany behind at the 30km (18.6-mile) mark. She finished fifth, two minutes 38 seconds behind Kosgei.
Kosgei is 25 days younger than Aselefech Mergia, the previous youngest winner, when she won the 2010 race.
Purdue, 27, beat her personal best by almost four minutes to record the third-quickest time by a British woman of all time.
Her time was also within the qualifying time for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
She told BBC Sport: “I am over the moon with that. To smash my personal best is all I could to ask for.
“I always get tempted to go with the leaders, but now I run better in the second half so I held back and that worked for me.
“I always promise myself in the last mile that I would never run another step. But this is not my retirement.”
|Venue: Ricoh Arena Date: Saturday, 27 April Kick-off: 16:30 BST|
|Coverage: Live score updates on BBC local radio and on the BBC Sport website|
Wasps have centre Jimmy Gopperth in their 23-man squad for the first time this season following his pre-season anterior cruciate ligament injury.
But they are without locks Joe Launchbury (Achilles/calf) and James Gaskell (calf), so Will Rowlands and Kearnan Myall deputise, while Kieran Brookes returns at tighthead prop.
Champions Cup finalists Saracens make two changes from the win over Munster.
Nick Tompkins returns at centre, while Calum Clark is in at openside flanker.
Sarries are in action at the Ricoh Arena for the second weekend running after their 32-16 Champions Cup semi-final victory.
That was the fourth time in five visits that they have won in Coventry, but they have only won five of their last 10 Premiership matches, while Wasps have won their last two and beat leaders Exeter at Sandy Park last time out.
Wasps start the weekend in fifth, knowing that they could potentially be overtaken by any of the chasing sides immediately below them if they lose.
Victory for second-placed Saracens could guarantee another home Premiership semi-final, if Gloucester fail to win at Worcester on Sunday.
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young:
“Our goal is to win our two remaining games at the Ricoh and finish the season strongly. We’re not talking about top six or top four, we’re just talking about the next game.
“Nothing short of a big performance will do. Sarries were excellent in their semi-final win over Munster.
“They never really looked under pressure against a very good Munster team so we know how good we’re going to have to be to get a result.”
Wasps: Le Roux; Watson, Daly, Lovobalavu, Bassett; Sopoaga, Simpson; Zhvania, Johnson (capt), Brookes, Rowlands, Myall, Shields, Carr, Hughes.
Replacements: Cruse, McIntyre, Cooper-Woolley, Matthews, Morris, Hampson, Gopperth, de Jongh.
Saracens: Goode; Strettle, Lozowski, Tompkins, Williams; Farrell (capt), Spencer; M Vunipola, George, Lamositele, Itoje, Kruis, Rhodes, Clark, B Vunipola.
Replacements: Gray, Barrington, Koch, Skelton, Burger, Whiteley, Morris, Lewington.
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