Edinburgh represent the other team in the group, and Gloucester face a double header against the Scottish side in rounds three and four.
It's a challenging group, and Davies knows that making the most of home advantage will be crucial.
"Historically you've got to win your home games; that's massively important. If you can do that and pick up a win or two away from home, then you're in the mix.
"So we'll have to win our home games, and look to force some wins away from home too."
"I do think the schedule can make a difference, the fact that we're at home first could be a positive for us.
"We'll be looking for a good start there, to take us onto the favourites probably of our group, Munster, and have a good crack at them."
Munster, of course, have a European pedigree that is second to none, and Gloucester will get a taste of the Thomond Park atmosphere in August's preseason friendly.
"Munster's European heritage speaks for itself: even last year when they weren't having a great season, they still got through to a semi-final. So you have to respect that.
"Any great European team is able to be competitive whatever situation they find themselves in, and Munster certainly manage to keep doing that.
"They have that big-game mentality that marks out special sides."
However, Gloucester have shown a liking for the big occasion themselves over the past few seasons and Davies is counting on that.
"The great thing about it is that our players, whenever they play against the big teams, they always raise their game, and I expect them to do the same again this season.
"But we've got to raise our game across the board this year. On our day we can compete with anyone, but we've got to be in the right frame of mind mentally.
"We'll be itching for the Heineken Cup by the time it comes around.
"We've planned an extremely tough pre-season fixture schedule, because we know just how big a step up we have in front of us.
"Hopefully we can build momentum in that middle block of rugby, against Edinburgh home and away.
"And if things go to plan then that could set up a massive fixture against Munster in that last block."