The former England No8, who has been sidelined for six weeks with a broken hand as the Chiefs extended their unbeaten run to 14 matches, will lead the assault on the European champions at Sandy Park.
It will be Exeter’s second visit to the play-offs after coming up short in the final against Saracens 12 months ago.
“It does feel slightly different because of the attitude of the players,” said Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter. “I have a feeling the players would be genuinely disappointed not to win the Premiership this year.
“I can’t honestly say that was the case last year. We got in the top four for the first time and going to Twickenham really was an adventure for us.
“We learnt from not dealing with the final as well as we could have done. We’ve addressed a lot of those things. That makes me feel like we’ve got a great chance.”
Saracens will be without captain Brad Barritt, who has a calf strain, with Scotland centre Duncan Taylor stepping up to replace him.
Lions second-row Alun Wyn Jones makes his comeback after nine weeks out with a shoulder injury for the Ospreys at Munster this evening in the Pro12 semi-final.
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