Amidst all the focus surrounding Saracens’ activity away from the rugby pitch, fans of the Allianz Park club will be relieved to turn their attentions to Sunday’s vital Heineken Champions Cup game at home to Racing 92.

Speculation that the five-time English champions face relegation to the second tier for breaking salary cap rules continues to mount, but while their future remains unclear their players will be eager to continue to do the business on the grass.

Defending European champions Sarries have triumphed in their last seven matches at home in the competition, but realistically need to win against the Top 14 giants to qualify for the knockout stages in the last of their Pool 4 clashes, although a draw could in theory be sufficient if Munster fail to beat Ospreys in Limerick.

In seven previous meetings between the teams, Saracens have come out on top on five occasions and have scored 150 points to Racing’s 129, while many of the matches have proven to be close affairs.

And having been beaten by the Frenchmen - who have already qualified for the next round - in their Round 1 meeting, Mark McCall’s men will be determined to avenge that defeat and boost their European credentials.

England full-back Elliot Daly will line up for his 50th European appearance in the fixture, alongside Rotimi Segun and Sean Maitland who complete the back three.

Owen Farrell is among the other international stars to return to a strong starting XV, with Mako and Billy Vunipola, Jamie George and Maro Itoje all included from the off.

Scotland international Finn Russell starts at fly-half for the visitors, alongside half-back partner Teddy Iribaren who is included in place of Maxime Machenaud.