Perpignan v Munster -- Guide to the Game
Form guide: Perpignan WLLLL, Munster WWWWW
Match betting: Perpignan 11/10, Munster 8/11, Draw 20/1
Handicap: Perpignan (+2) 10/11, Munster (-2) 10/11, Draw (2.0) 20/1
Peter O'Mahony (Munster)
The captain bullied the Catalans last weekend and will be a marked man this time around. His bloody single-mindedness, refusal to go backwards and nous at the breakdown make the Corkman a terror to play against and he'll need to be at his abrasive best.
3 THINGS MUNSTER MUST DO
1 Protect and support Sheridan
Cathal Sheridan is a fine prospect, but taking charge of a backline in the backwaters of the Pro12 is a different world to what he faces today. The Sligo native will need the full backing of the leaders in the pack as he looks to fill Conor Murray's shoes and command the game.
2 Fix their line-out woes
Luke Charteris' absence will ease the pressure on Damien Varley's throwing this week, but Munster's line-out woes went deeper than the hooker's accuracy as the timing and the lifting went awry. Rob Penney will be hoping that Donnacha Ryan's presence will help settle things as securing primary possession is crucial.
3 Silence the crowd
Stade Aime Giral is one of Europe's most fearsome venues, but the hosts are coming into this clash on a four-game losing streak and without some big names. A good start could see the locals turning on their own quite early.