Paul Gustard is relishing the chance to get one over on rivals Saracens as his Harlequins side prepare to face their foes in a blockbuster return to Gallagher Premiership Rugby action at the London Stadium.

It’s second against third in the league standings, with ten points separating the outfits and a win for Quins potentially cutting that gap to as few as five.

Aware of the importance of the occasion, Gustard is desperate to respond after defeat against Gloucester last time out, but is certainly wary of their opponent’s undoubted quality.

“We want to chase down the top two and we had an opportunity against Gloucester and we didn't take it,” he said.

"There is a bit of local rivalry with Saracens and a bit of intensity which raises it up a notch or two.

"We are sitting third and have aspirations to go high. To do that we will have to beat Saracens - and if it is not on Saturday then hopefully it is in the final.

"Saracens have been the most dominant team in the competition for eight to ten seasons now for good reason.

“They are well coached and have a lot of high-quality players." 

Kyle Sinckler is set to boost Harlequins’ ranks this weekend as he returns from England duty in a clash that pits north London against south.

The tighthead prop started every Six Nations game for England and joins Joe Marler in the front-line as two of five changes to the Quins XV.

Danny Care has recovered from a rib injury and starts at Scrum-half with Marcus Smith at Fly-half, while Ben Tapuai returns to Inside Centre.