Exeter Chiefs prop Alex Brown is expecting Saracens to bring out the best in them when the sides meet in the Premiership at Sandy Park on Saturday.
Brown, who spent a season at Sarries in 2009-10,
"It's going to be a good test, but we're a team that thrives on that," the 24-year-old told BBC Radio Devon.
"When you come up against the bigger sides, it's a test of your mettle and you gauge yourself against them."
Saracens are top of the Premiership table, having lost just once this season and will have a number of players back from international duty.
Brown, who made his first start of the season in the LV= Cup win over Harlequins, said: "We want to be a top-four side, it's something that we're definitely trying to push for.
"The players all look forward to those big games, playing under pressure brings out the best in us."
The Chiefs, who have been in cup action over the last two weekends, have not lost in the league since September and Brown is hoping to be given further opportunities by head coach Rob Baxter.
"All you can do is make it difficult for selection and that's what pushes a team forward," he added.
"I quite like to keep my head down, work hard and see how it pans out - [but] there are certainly a few players who do like to knock on Rob's door more often than not.
"From his point of view, it probably shows an interest if you're not getting picked. You want to know why and you probably want players that aren't comfortable not being in the side."