Ultan Dillane remains confident that Connacht can still qualify for the knockout stages of this season's Champions Cup despite losing two of their opening three fixtures.

The Westerners’ solitary victory in their opening three games came at home to Montpellier last month, while they lost both away matches at Toulouse and more recently, Gloucester.

Connacht have a chance to even things out a touch in Pool 5 this weekend as they host the English Premiership side in the return match of the back-to-back fixtures.

Gloucester enjoyed a nine-point victory over Andy Friend’s side last Sunday at Kingsholm Stadium, and the two sides come face to face just six days on, as they meet at The Sportsground on Saturday (kick-off 12:45pm).

And while Dillane admits that his side have not been performing to their potential during the first set of Pool 5 games, the lock forward is confident that they can secure the points in what he believes to be a must-win game in Galway.

"Absolutely," Dillane told RTE Sport in relation to the must-win nature of the fixture. "It is a great competition to be involved in and we feel like we belong in the competition. We have a huge point to prove but I think we have the boys to do it.

"100 per cent,"he replied, when asked could Connacht still qualify for the latter stages of the competition.

"We are very confident when we are playing at our best, which we know we haven’t recently and we know if we deliver anything close to that we know that we will put teams away, like Gloucester and like Toulouse as well, we’re confident of that."

In what was a close opening 60 minutes at Gloucester last weekend, the home side put the game beyond the visitors with two tries within three minutes, and Dillane expects another all-round performance from their pool rivals.

"They are very dangerous moving the ball out wide, they have an electric back three and they are not afraid to drive and tough it up up front so it is going to be an all round [challenging] kind of game, so hopefully it will go our way.

"It’s a bit of a setback," Dillane admitted of the away defeat. "But we have been going quite well before that.

"I know the Toulouse game got away from us in the end but we got a lot of confidence out of the game and we are looking forward to playing them at home.

"Last week, it did not go our way but we are looking forward to this weekend."