England open-side Andy Hazell will return to the matchday squad for Gloucester in Sunday's SOLD OUT Powergen Cup semi-final at Kingsholm.
Captain Adam Balding will lead the side from number eight, with Gloucester's other back-row options selected from Peter Buxton, Luke Narraway, Andy Hazell, James Forrester and Jake Boer.
Director of rugby Nigel Melville is set to continue with the same back-line that sees Andy Gomarsall and Henry Paul combine at half-back, with Aussie stand-off Duncan McRae still unavailable after a knee operation.
Terry Fanolua and James Simpson-Daniel should continue in the centre, and Seti Kiole, Marcel Garvey and Jon Goodridge look likely to be the back three.
If Goodridge starts it will continue a superb run of appearances for the full-back, that has seen him start every competitive fixture this season, and miss only two minutes of Premiership action.
French hooker Olivier Azam returned to full contact training this week and could feature after more than three months out with an injured shoulder.
Melville and coach Dean Ryan will continue their preparations for the semi-final on Friday and Saturday, with the team announced closer to kick off.
Director of rugby Nigel Melville knows that the Gloucester side will have to be at their best for Sunday's Powergen Cup semi-final against their West Country neighbours.
"They don't come much bigger than cup semi-finals. Every home game we play at the moment seems to be a derby, they're great occasions and it will be a special day for us.
"I thought that our performance in the first half against Newcastle last week was good. Nobody has the divine right to go through, and we're well aware that it's going to be a battle from start to finish on Sunday.
"That's what 13,000 supporters are coming to watch, and I'm sure everyone's perception of an ideal West Country derby will be delivered."
The two sides met only two weeks ago, when a last minute drop goal from replacement Brad Davies took the points in a 17-16 win in the Premiership at Kingsholm.
Captain Adam Balding said: "Our confidence as a team is high now, and Bath will play a completely different Gloucester team than they did two weeks ago. We expect to go out and play our way."
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
After a series of contract announcements last week, hooker Richard Hibbard is the latest Gloucester Rugby player to commit to a new contract at the club and told GRTV how much he enjoys playing in the Cherry and White of Gloucester.
A try scorer in the 36-18 Aviva Premiership win over Wasps at Kingsholm on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted that Gloucester would enjoy the moment but can't get too carried away. The team got what they deserved but the winger wants these performances to be more frequent.
England Head Coach Eddie Jones has made two changes to his side to play Australia in Saturday's final match of the Old Mutual Wealth Series at Twickenham Stadium (kick-off 2.30pm, live on Sky Sports 2). Jonny May lines up on the left wing.