Saracens head to fortress Kingsholm tonight in a bid to stretch their lead at the top of the Premiership table after two weeks of Anglo-Welsh Cup action.

The men in black have not lost since playing Bath back in September keeping them two points ahead of nearest rivals Exeter Chiefs.

The sides last met back in February with the Cherry & Whites coming out on top with a 31-23 victory and the away side have only won their last three matches at Kingsholm.

And with Gloucester winning all five of their home games across all competitions Alex Goode is under no illusions that this will be a test for his team.

 “There’s no more hostile ground in the Premiership. It's very tough to go to Gloucester but we’re in a good place," he said.

"We’re feeling confident but we’re under no illusions how tough this game is.”

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Director of rugby Mark McCall looks to experienced heads to steer them to victory with Sean Maitland returning on the wing joining Goode and Chris Wyles in the back three.

Brad Barritt will skipper the side from inside-centre and returning England player Alex Lozowski partners Richard Wigglesworth in the halfbacks.

Will Skelton makes his first start of the season partnering released international George Kruis at lock, whilst Schalk Burger and Jackson Wray will look to cause carnage off the scrum.

After winning a historic west country derby in the last round of the Premiership by just a point, the Cherry and Whites will relish a home game against the leaders.

Head coach Johan Akermann brings in more muscle up front with the likes of Tom Savage and John Hohneck, but the man at the helm knows just how much of a challenge his side face under the Friday night lights.

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He said: “The reality is that they are the best side in this competition, arguably one of the best in Europe.

"So, if you ever want to be tested, they will do that. It's going to be a massive challenge.

“The quality of the team starting from the front right to the back, the depth they’ve got in their squad.

"They’re going to have quality all over so if we really want to be tested against the best side in the competition it’s going to be that game, especially at home it’s going to be a massive test for us.”

The match will be refereed by former Premiership scrum half Karl Dickson, becoming the first player to referee a match in the competition.