Munster have an opportunity to vault back into second place in the RaboDirect PRO12 when they visit provincial rivals Connacht, but the home side still have the target of their best ever league finish (seventh or higher).
After putting out an unchanged Connacht team for the last four games, head coach Pat Lam has made seven personnel changes and two positional switches to the side for Saturday's derby match against Munster at the Sportsground (kick-off 6.15pm).
Ulster's prolific backs treated a sold-out Ravenhill to a try bonanza, running in eight tries against provincial rivals Connacht - including a hat-trick from Andrew Trimble - in the best possible response to last weekend's bitter Heineken Cup disappointment.
With Ulster pressing for a league play-off place and Connacht battling to qualify for the newly-announced European Rugby Champions Cup, there is plenty riding on tonight's RaboDirect PRO12 derby at Ravenhill.
BT and Sky have reached an agreement in principle concerning arrangements for the European Rugby Champions Cup and the European Rugby Challenge Cup competitions, both of which would be broadcast jointly by BT Sport and Sky Sports.
Despite the number of injuries we have, there is a real confidence and belief in our game and the process we need to go through to achieve the different milestones we've set out for ourselves." The words of Connacht boss Pat Lam as the province chase their first win in Llanelli in almost ten years.