Home tie is bonus - Slade
Exeter Chiefs flanker Chad Slade expects a bruising encounter when Bedford visit Sandy Park for Saturday's Championship play-off semi-final.
Exeter won the last meeting between the sides by 42-19 in January, but Slade feels the Blues will provide a far tougher challenge this weekend.
He told BBC Spotlight: "Bedford are definitely the hardest team I've played against in the past couple of years.
"They're very confrontational just like us and Saturday's going to be huge."
January's win followed a 20-11 victory for Exeter over the Blues at Goldington Road last October.
Right from kick off I know there'll be a couple of our boys trying to win the eye battle
But with a famous 17-16 play-off win over promotion favourites Bristol helping Bedford finish second in Pool A, the Blues are enjoying a strong run of form ahead of Saturday's semi-final.
Slade said: "They're kind of similar to us in that they've got a very strong forward pack and their backs are quite physical.
"So we've done a lot of homework and it's just a matter of trying to mimic our own game plan because they're pretty similar to us.
"Right from kick-off I know there'll be a couple of our boys trying to win the eye battle and it just starts from there.
"On the day it'll be whoever wants it the most," the 28-year-old added.
The Chiefs secured home advantage in the semis by finishing top of Pool B and Slade hopes local support will help spur the team to victory.
He said: "To get a semi-final at home is an extra bonus because we've definitely got the numbers.
"If we can get everyone in and fill up the stadium it'll be what the boys need."