Cardiff Blues have put together back to back wins in the Celtic League for the first time since rounds 14 and 15 last season, but the Blues have not won away from home since they beat Leinster 22-18 at Donnybrook on 5 March.
Ulster have already beaten the Blues at Ravenhill this season - 21-16 a month ago in the European Cup. All three previous encounters have been won by the home team.
Scrum-half Ryan Powell returns to the Blues starting line-up for the first time in seven months for this match.
Meanwhile No 8 Campell Feather is the man chosen to lead Ulster this Friday night when they take on Cardiff.
Ulster Team: 15 Bryn Cunningham; 14 Scott Young; 13 Jonny Bell; 12 Paul Steinmetz; 11 Andrew Maxwell; 10 Adam Larkin; 9 Kieran Campbell; 1 Ronan McCormack; 2 Paul Shields; 3 Rod Moore; 4 Gary Longwell; 5 Rowan Frost; 6 Matt McCullough; 7 Neil Best; 8 Campbell Feather (Captain)
Replacements: 16 Nigel Brady; 17 Bryan Young; 18 Gary Brown; 19 Gavin Pfister; 20 Neil Doak; 21 Seamus Mallon; 22 Andrew Trimble
Cardiff: 15 Matthew Nuthall; 14 Nick Walne, 13 Shaun James, 12 Lee Thomas, 11 Craig Morgan; 10 Nick Macleod, 9 Ryan Powell; 1 John Yapp, 2 Gareth Williams, 3 Ben Evans, 4 Deiniol Jones, 5 Robert Sidoli, 6 Nathan Budgett, 7 Nathan Thomas, 8 Robin Sowden-Taylor
Replacements: Andrew Lewis, Rhys Thomas, Martin Jones, Mark Lewis, James Malpas, Richard Smith, Tristan Davies
WRU International Skills Coach Jason Strange is a busy man, combining the new role with that of Wales Under 20 attack coach, Ebbw Vale head coach and continuing to teach at Ebbw Fawr Learning Community.
Warren Gatland and Sam Warburton look ahead to this week's crunch RBS 6 Nations tie against France, where the Wales skipper in particular is keen to make his mark, as Paris has proved a bleak place for him in the past.
Following their historic win over England, Wales Under 20 suffered a narrow, 36-34 loss to their Scottish counterparts last weekend, despite outscoring them by five tries to three. Watch the match highlights and reaction.
WRU TV go behind the scenes with the Wales squad as they put the final touches in place ahead of the clash against Scotland at Murrayfield. Follow the squad on their captain's run, the kickers visit to Murrayfield and Neil Jenkins' press conference