Ben Earl is set to make his 100th Saracens appearance when the Gallagher Premiership table-toppers host Exeter Chiefs on New Year’s Eve.  

The flanker was last season’s Premiership Player of the Season and has continued to deliver blistering displays for Sarries this term.  

He will look to steer Mark McCall’s side back to winning ways on Saturday following their shock 29-20 defeat to struggling London Irish in Round 13, their first loss of the season.  

Director of rugby McCall has made four changes for the visit of rivals Chiefs, who Saracens beat in dramatic fashion in the return fixture in October when Alex Goode kicked an overtime penalty for a 22-20 win.  

Jamie George and Maro Itoje both return to the XV this time round, while Jackson Wray also starts in the pack. There is one change in the backline, as Max Malins comes in to start on the right wing.  

Earl starts on the replacements bench this weekend but is fully expecting to enjoy a landmark day in front of a bumper StoneX Stadium crowd.  

“It is such an honour to play 100 times for this amazing club,” said Earl. 

“The culture and the people at the club have shaped who I am as a person and as a player. To reach 100 games for your boyhood club is a dream come true and I have loved every minute of it.” 

Mako Vunipola and Riccioni start either side of the returning George, with Itoje partnered by Nick Isiekwe in the second row for the first time this season.  

Billy Vunipola, who has made more passes than any other forward this season, joins Wray and Andy Christie in the back row.  

Ivan van Zyl and captain Owen Farrell continue as half-backs, as do Nick Tompkins and Elliot Daly in the midfield.  

In-form Sean Maitland continues on the left wing, with Malins on the right and Goode at full-back - Alex Lozowski returns to the squad after a brief suspension. 

Chiefs, meanwhile, have made three changes from the side that beat Bath Rugby 20-15 on Christmas Eve, all of which come in the forwards.

There will be a first-ever Premiership start for No.8 Greg Fisilau and a first of the season in the top-flight for Santiago Grondona, while Ruben Van Heerden starts in the second row.

Saracens are on a 12-match winning streak at StoneX Stadium and haven’t lost at home to Chiefs since November 2017. 

Saracens XV: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Max Malins, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Nick Tompkins, 11 Sean Maitland, 10 Owen Farrell (c), 9 Ivan van Zyl, 1 Mako Vunipola, 2 Jamie George, 3 Marco Riccioni, 4 Maro Itoje, 5 Nick Isiekwe, 6 Andy Christie, 7 Jackson Wray, 8 Billy Vunipola

Replacements: 16 Kapeli Pifeleti, 17 Eroni Mawi, 18 Eduardo Bello, 19 Hugh Tizard, 20 Ben Earl, 21 Aled Davies, 22 Alex Lozowski, 23 Alex Lewington 

Exeter Chiefs XV: 15 Josh Hodge, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Solomone Kata, 11 Olly Woodburn, 10 Joe Simmonds, 9 Sam Maunder, 1 Scott Sio, 2 Jack Yeandle (c), 3 Harry Williams, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 5 Jonny Gray, 6 Santiago Grondona, 7 Christ Tshiunza, 8 Greg Fisilau 

Replacements: 16 Dan Frost, 17 Josh Iosefa-Scott, 18 Patrick Schickerling, 19 Jack Dunne, 20 Lewis Pearson, 21 Tom Cairns, 22 Tom Hendrickson, 23 Rory O'Loughlin