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Saracens vs Bristol Bears LIVE: Team news, line-ups and more ahead of Premiership Rugby match today

Follow the latest updates live from the Premiership clash between Saracens and Bristol Bears at Allianz Park.

In what has been a tumultuous season at Saracens already, the reigning Premiership champions face one of the most-improved teams this season in the shape of Pat Lam’s Bristol looking to claw back further ground on the pack following their 35-point deduction for breaching the salary cap.

But Bristol, flying high in second place, could go top of the table with a victory and will plan on causing a major upset at Allianz Park to not only continue their strong start to the season but send out a major statement of their title credentials. Follow the live updates below.

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Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of today's Premiership encounter between Saracens and Bristol Bears, brought to you from pitchside at Allianz Park.

Kick-off is scheduled for 3pm this afternoon, and we'll bring you all the build-up to the crunch clash between the reigning champions and the title underdogs from 1:30pm.

When is it?

Saracens vs Bristol takes place at Allianz Park on Saturday 21 December.

What time does it start?

The match kicks off at 3pm.

Where can I watch it?

The game will not be shown live on television in the United Kingdom, but you can follow live updates from Allianz Park with The Independent.

Teams

Saracens: Max Malins; Sean Maitland, Nick Tompkins, Brad Barritt, Elliot Daly; Owen Farrell, Ben Spencer; Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Vincent Koch; Maro Itoje, George Kruis; Nick Isiekwe, Ben Earl, Billy Vunipola.

Replacements: Jack Singleton, Rhys Carre, Titi Lamositele, Will Skelton, Jackson Wray, Richard Wigglesworth, Duncan Taylor, Alex Lewington.

Bristol: Charles Piutau; Luke Morahan, Piers O;Conor, Sam Bedlow, Toby Fricker; Callum Sheedy, Andy Uren; Jake Woolmore, Harry Thacker, John Afoa; Joe Joyce, Chris Vui; Steven Luatua, Jake Heenan, Nathan Hughes.

Replacements: Will Capon, James Lay, Max Lahiff, Ed Holmes, Luke Hamilton, Harry Randall, Ioan Lloyd, Alapati Leiua.

Referee: Tom Foley

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