Nathan Hughes hopes London Wasps can keep Danny Cirpiani quiet when Sale Sharks make the trip to Adams Park in the Aviva Premiership this Saturday.
Wasps go in to the clash off the back of four defeats in all competitions and have only won one of their last four league games at home.
When the two sides met earlier in the league Sale came out on top with a 26-22 victory but Hughes remembers that game fondly, even though he was on the losing side.
“It was my first game for Wasps and we almost made a comeback after I came on to the pitch but they just sneaked the win,” he said.
“We have to make sure that we play well with ball in hand and the last time we played them Danny Cipriani really impressed me.
“He came of the bench and controlled the game so we will need to make sure that we limit his influence as much as possible if we are going to get the win.
“Sale are just above us and we targeted that top-six place so this game will be crucial in us achieving our goal but they will be thinking the same, it will be tough.”
Sale hold an impressive record against Wasps, winning three of their last four meetings, and in their most recent visit to Adams Park with a 33-30 win in the LV= Cup back in February 2013.
The away side have won three of their last four Aviva Premiership fixtures and come into the game at Adams Park having beaten Worcester Warriors 21-12 on the weekend.
And while centre Sam Tuitupou insists Sale will need to keep their defence tight, he firmly believes the win is definitely up for grabs.
Tuitupou said: “It is definitely a key winnable game, it takes a bit of pressure of us if we win the game as they are in seventh position.
“Our defence is the key, it has showed up till now that we have go a good system going and we need to maintain this as Wasps are a good attacking team.
“If we shut them down and apply pressure on attack I am confident we can come through with a win.
“This is definitely a good time to face them, it is always a good time to play a team with a few losses but they will be hungry to get that win.”
(Adams Park, 3pm)
Referee: Dean Richards (64th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: JP Doyle & Stuart Terheege. TMO: Keith Lewis.