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."
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
David Humphreys was minutes away from a winning interview on Saturday afternoon, but a late try from Exeter Chiefs meant the points were shared at Sandy Park. Humphreys spoke with the local media after the 27-27 draw.
Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Exeter Chiefs, Director of Rugby David Humphreys reiterated that there are elements of Gloucester's game that are in good shape at present, that the performance against Bath was a step forward from Newcastle but that individual errors are costing the Cherry and Whites dear.
Centre Matt Scott, a try-scorer in Bayonne last weekend, insists that Gloucester are taking nothing for granted when they welcome Benetton Treviso to Kingsholm on Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm).