Benetton Treviso will fancy their chances when they host French side Biarritz Olympique in the first of their back-to-back Heineken Cup clashes in Pool 5 at the Stadio Comunale Monigo on Saturday.
The Italian side, fresh from their 26-26 home draw to the Ospreys in the last round of games, will be hoping to emulate fellow Italian outfit, Aironi, by lowering the colours of the two-times beaten finalists on Italian soil.
Aironi, playing in their first year of European competition, famously beat Biarritz in last season's Heineken Cup and caused one of the biggest upsets in the tournament's history.
Biarritz, who beat Saracens 15-10 at home in the last round, will still have ambitions of reaching the knockout stages and will be looking to complete the double over the Italian outfit.
The Basque outfit, which reached the Heineken Cup final in 2006 and 2010, will be determined to become the first side to lose to both Italian sides on the road in the Heineken Cup.
Treviso: 15 Luke McLean, 14 Ludovico Nitoglia, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Brendan Williams, 10 Kristopher Burton, 9 Tobias Botes, 8 Paul Derbyshire, 7 Alessandro Zanni, 6 Robert Barbieri, 5 Cornelius van Zyl, 4 Antonio Pavanello, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Enrico Ceccato, 1 Michele Rizzo.
Replacements: 16 Diego Vidal, 17 Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet, 18 Pedro di Santo, 19 Valerio Bernabo, 20 Manoa Vosawai, 21 Marco Filippucci, 22 Edoardo Gori, 23 Alberto Di Bernardo.
Biarritz: 15 Iain Balshaw, 14 Taku Ngwenya, 13 Benoît Baby, 12 Damien Traille, 11 Ilikena Bolakoro, 10 Marcelo Bosch, 9 Yann Lesgourgues, 8 Florian Faure, 7 Talalelei Gray, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Pelu Taele, 4 Jérôme Thion, 3 Campbell Johnstone, 2 Benoit August, 1 Fabien Barcella.
Replacements: 16 Romain Terrain, 17 Yvan Watremez, 18 Sylvain Marconnet, 19 Jean-Baptiste Roidot, 20 Benoit Guyot, 21 Julien Peyrelongue, 22 Charles Gimenez, 23 Dane Haylett-Petty.
Date: Saturday, December 10
Kick-off: 14:30 (13:30 GMT)
Venue: Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Referee: JP Doyle (England)
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