Wasps winger Christian Wade believes the club's first game of 2017, against Leicester, is particularly significant for both sides.
Wasps against the Tigers has historically been a big game, but this Sunday's clash is especially important because of the circumstances, according to Wade.
"It’s getting tight at the top with the last few rounds of results," Wade told the Wasps website.
"Leicester were unlucky to lose against Saracens on the weekend, but I know they will be looking to bounce back against us on Sunday. It was a tight game in the first half and it opened up a little bit in the second. They showed they are still a force to be reckoned with.
"We just need to play our game and focus on ourselves, because I’m sure their current situation will galvanise them. On top of that, the two teams have had a massive rivalry for years and obviously we are now neighbours so the rivalry has got even bigger."
The 25-year-old is in good try-scoring form, having scored four tries in his last two games. Wade though insists it is the team’s form that is to thank for his recent dot downs.
"It’s nice to be getting on the board at the minute, we are starting to click as a team, we are able to anticipate each other’s play a bit better and get into our groove. I think as long as we keep working at it we can get where we want to come the end of the season."