With the visitors having registered their first league win of the season last weekend, Bruce believes his former club will be in good spirits but will be more focussed on how the Tigers go about the job in hand.
“I can afford to make two or three changes to freshen us up this weekend,” said Bruce.
“The team is playing really well at the moment. We’ve been to Spurs twice in three days and put up really good performances and we need that again on Saturday.
“It’s a big ask of us in what is a big, big game and let’s hope we’re ready.
“Sunderland had a great win last weekend and that will have given everybody there a lift. If you’re going to win your first home game as the new manager against Newcastle, it gets you off on the right foot.
“They’re going through a period of change with new players and two managers in the space of a few months so they’ll be looking for a sustained path of calm and they need a few results to take them in that direction. Gus seems to have gone back to the players he knows – the Bardsleys, the Cattermoles, the Colbacks – and they produced a result for him
“But I’m only really interested in us and we’re playing well at the moment, even though we haven’t got the results. I’ve been delighted with the way we’ve played against Spurs twice and against Everton.
“Let’s hope the level of performance stays high because if it does then we’ve got every chance.”