The game will be Sharks first at home since the narrow defeat to Saracens in mid February. Since then the team have won at both Worcester and Wasps and are 6th in the table.
Northampton are THE form team in the Premiership although they lost in the LV=Cup Final last weekend, to the Exeter Chiefs by 15 points to 8.
Tomorrows clash will be the first of a double header, as the two sides will meet again on the 3rd of April in the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter final. Former Sale coach Jim Mallinder will be hoping to get one over on his former club, in a fixture which Sale haven't won since 2011.
Last year's beaten Premiership finalists Northampton have lost just one game all season, falling to a narrow 26-24 defeat against Gloucester back in September in a controversial ending.
The visitors have scored a whopping 50 tries already this season, with a feature of their game a strong rolling maul.
That said, Sale have also seen much success from their own mauls, with Braid more often than not the beneficiary. The New Zealander is not only in form on the try scoring count though, as statistics show he is one of the top tacklers and ball carriers in the squad. Braid has made 154 successful tackles already this season, whilst also clocking up 110 carries, just ten less than teammate Mark Cueto.
A win on Saturday would put Sale Sharks right in the mix for a play-off spot.
Team: Tom Arscott, Tom Brady, Jonny Leota, Sammy Tuitupou, Mark Cueto, Danny Cipriani, Dwayne Peel, Eifion Lewis-Roberts, Marc Jones, Vadim Cobilas, Jonathan Mills, Michael Paterson, Dan Braid, David Seymour, James Gaskell
Replacements:Aston Croall, Ross Harrison, Henry Thomas, Andrei Ostrikov, Mark Easter, Will Cliff, Nick Macleod, Rob Miller
Northampton make seven changes following their LV=Cup Final defeat and bring back Internationals Luther Burrell, George North, Dylan Hartley and Lee Dickson. Former Sharks players Ben Foden and Christian Day also start the game.
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