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Preview: Leicester Tigers v Gloucester Rugby

Leicester Tigers wing Adam Thompstone believes victory over Aviva Premiership play-off rivals Gloucester Rugby will give his side the momentum necessary to guarantee a top-four spot in the New Year.

The 25-year-old, who helped his side to victory over former club London Irish last time out, wants to complete a second straight festive period win when Gloucester visit Welford Road on Saturday.

The two teams are in fine form, with both having lost just once in their last seven outings, and it has the makings of a tight tussle in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

With the Tigers sitting in third and the Cherry and Whites fourth, Thompstone is all too aware of the significance of another win. 

"It will be a huge game for us because of how close the two teams are in the league," he acknowledged.

"Every game is massive now and especially when you face another team at the top of the table you know it’s going to be big. 

"We want to finish the year on a high and the way to do that is by beating Gloucester. Momentum is huge in rugby and you always want to go into a New Year on a hot streak."

Thompstone and his team-mates will be looking to avenge their 27-21 loss at the Kingsholm back in late October and deny them a first Premiership double over Richard Cockerill’s men since the 2003/04 season. 

"They are good at home and so are we so that should play into our hands – Welford Road is a great place to play rugby and we feel strong there," said Thompstone.

Gloucester lock Tom Savage is equally aware of the importance of this fixture, admitting his side know the significance a win can have on their league position. 

"We have gone a bit under the radar – it’s just a case of carrying on in the same way we are," he said. 

"It's very tight at the top of the table – one loss could take you from first to fourth, while one win could see you shoot up the table.

"We just need to keep trying to get results to make sure we are in the mix at the end of the season."

Referee: Andrew Small (81st Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Kevin Stewart, Paul Burton. TMO: David Grashoff.

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