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
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
Lewis Ludlow scored Gloucester's opening try in the 30-50 defeat at Bath on Saturday, part of an impressive performance by the young back row forward. Speaking after the game, he paid tribute to the young Gloucester side who went toe to toe with the Aviva Premiership semi-finalists.
Speaking to the local media after the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys gave an honest assessment of the game, and expressed his pride in the way his young charges had performed against the title-chasing hosts.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby scrum half Callum Braley is excited by the challenge of the West Country Derby, and the ex-Bristol man reveals the squad will be giving their all.
At the recent London Irish game, personnel from the Imjin Barracks in Innsworth, including Gurkhas, were present, holding a collection to raise funds for ShelterBox to aid relief from the recent Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
It was a thriller at Kingsholm on Sunday afternoon, as Gloucester snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, leveling the scores in the final minute before triumphing in extra time over a spirited Connacht side.