Leicester Tigers number eight Jordan Crane believes Sandy Park is one of the toughest venues in the league ahead of facing Exeter.
The champions will head to Devon this weekend after having lost the last time out on their travels to Bath at The Rec.
Two convincing home wins over Worcester and Newcastle have given Leicester maximum points at Welford Road, but travelling to Exeter will offer a different challenge.
The Tigers only managed a narrow 12-9 win in the same fixture last season, relying on the boot of Toby Flood, with Crane expecting a similar tussle this weekend.
"Sandy Park is one of the toughest places to go in the Premiership and everyone has found that out in recent years," Crane told the Exeter Express and Echo.
"We won there narrowly last year and that set us off on a good run to the back end of the season, but you have to be fully mentally prepared and play well to get a victory.
"They struggled against Northampton Saints on the opening day and you are thinking 'are they going to be the same team that they have been?' but then they get a good result against Wasps and Irish.
"They conceded a few more points in the last 10 minutes (against Wasps) than they would have liked but they can produce these sorts of performances and are dangerous."