Leicester Tigers v Ospreys clash has all the makings of a classic, says George Chuter
George Chuter is predicting a "classic" when Leicester Tigers travel to South Wales on Sunday to face the Ospreys in the Heineken Cup.
Tigers currently top Pool Two having won the first encounter between the two sides when they emerged 39-22 victors at Welford Road.
However, the Ospreys resurrected their own hopes of reaching the quarter-finals when they defeated Toulouse 17-6 at the Liberty Stadium before Christmas.
Tigers can cast them adrift, though, if they win in Wales, and Chuter said: "It has all the hallmarks of a classic.
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"They will be looking for a bit of revenge after we beat them at Welford Road. They have also given themselves a bit of a lifeline by beating Toulouse.
"A win for either side means they go into the last weekend with their destiny in their own hands."
Leicester earned a crucial bonus point when they wore down the Ospreys at Welford Road.
"I think we were well worth the win," said Chuter. "Ospreys fought hard and made it difficult for us, we were still finding our feet in some areas.
"Three tries at the end put some gloss on it but a lot of that came from the pressure we put on them in the first 70 minutes."
That win is now in the record books, and Chuter added: "It is irrelevant going into this weekend. Both sides have moved on and I think it is going to be another tight game.
"It is bound to be edgy and scrappy for the first 30 or 40 minutes. But there is a lot of quality in both sides, they are packed with internationals.
"Once everyone has settled down, it could be a classic."
Chuter expects the forward battle to be intense and key to the outcome of the game.
"There will be two international packs slogging it out," he said. "We had to work hard for everything that we got against them at Welford Road, it was quite even up front.
"Games are always won there and it is important that we do our best to win that battle."
The 36-year-old, like his team-mates, is relishing the fight facing them in Swansea.
"The nerves are going a bit," he said. "That's the way it should be.
"The Heineken Cup is a different competition, it isn't just another week in the Premiership.
"It is a step up in intensity and there is a lot riding on this game."