Bristol travel to Gloucester for Saturday's 13,000 sell-out.
Bristol Shoguns have made one change to their line-up for Saturday's Powergen Cup clash, bringing in former Scottish international David Hilton for Alex Clarke at loosehead prop.
Bristol coach Richard Hill, the former Gloucester director of rugby, said: "The front row with Dave Hilton coming in is just a normal rotational change. Alex Clarke and Dave Hilton have been playing equally well so, what we tend to do, is give them two games each.
"Jason Hobson keeps his place. Darren Crompton bruised his ribs at London Welsh so missed Sedgley Park and is not quite right for this one.
"Bernardo Stortoni is also still out with a tweak to a knee ligament which isn't quite right for this weekend but he'll be ok for next weekend. So, Matt Salter, Darren Crompton and Bernardo Stortoni are the three injuries we have on our list but all three we hope are just one or two weeks away.
"Unusually we've had little or no discussion about Gloucester this week. We're planning for the next two to three weeks of the league programme and Exeter particularly on Feb 5th. It's been good in a way because I haven't heard a lot of talk about Gloucester.
"The first 20 minutes will be absolutely crucial because they'll have had a kick up the backside, I imagine. Words like 'The Gloucester forwards have lost the respect of the Kingsholm crowd' that have come out of the mouth of Nigel Melville will have hurt.
"We know we've got a huge job and they'll have been stung into action. But, if we can be close to them after 20 minutes, I think the crowd will get a little bit restless and one or two doubts might creep in. That's all we can hope for.
"It'll either be completely over for us after 20 minutes or there'll be a very interesting game in prospect. If we do make it to the Premiership and we're looking to retain players, we have to be sure that they're capable of taking it up to the next level."
Recent signings, scrum half Hentie Martens, fly-half Mark Woodrow and flanker Craig Short are all 'Cup-tied'
Bristol Shoguns team
15 Sean Marsden
14 Marko Stanojevic
13 Rob Higgitt
12 Sam Cox
11 Luke Nabaro
10 Jason Strange
9 Ross Blake
1 Dave Hilton
2 Saul Nelson
3 Jason Hobson
4 Ed Pearce
5 Ollie Hodge
6 Chris Morgan
7 Joe El-Abd (Capt.)
8 Jim Brownrigg
16 Greg Nicholls
17 Jonathan Pritchard
18 Adam Billig
19 Alex Clarke
20 Neil Clark
21 Rik Martin-Redman
22 Olly Kohn
Speaking to GRTV at preseason training this Tuesday, new signing Willi Heinz gave an update on his recovery from a leg injury and expressed his enjoyment since his arrival in new surroundings with Gloucester Rugby.
Speaking to GRTV after the 22-23 defeat against Bordeaux-Begles which denied Gloucester a place in next season's European Rugby Champions Cup, Nick Wood rued the momentary lapse in concentration which allowed the French side to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
As Gloucester prepare for their 39th game of the season, against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday, David Humphreys told the local media that this week has been all about getting the players mentally and physically ready after a tough game against Connacht last Sunday.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-32 victory over Connacht on Sunday, skipper Billy Twelvetrees explained that Gloucester had had to learn to be patient and cut out the errors to earn the win and progress to next weekend's final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles.
Henry Trinder, Matt Banahan and Jack Yeandle all spoke of their excitement for the West Country Challenge Cup at this afternoon's launch in front of the iconic West Country landmark, the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
With Gloucester Rugby's international stars on intensive camps across the world, it was just Sila Puafisi in competitive action this weekend, playing his part in Tonga's strong 28-18 triumph over Canada in Vancouver.
Rugby World Cup 2015 is on track to be the biggest Rugby World Cup to date following an increase in ticket capacity to 2.45 million for the third largest global sporting event, hosted in England and in Cardiff later this year.
Hooker Tom Lindsay was one of the new arrivals at Kingsholm this summer, moving from Wasps after six seasons in the black and gold. However, he told the club website that he's already feeling very much at home in Gloucester.
The first phase of preseason training is almost over for the Gloucester Rugby first team squad. It's been tough, but Billy Burns is working hard to be in the best possible shape for the upcoming season.