Clermont Auvergne start as red-hot favourites in this all-French clash in Pool One. They beat reigning champions Munster in their last home match and should be too strong for newcomers Montauban.

A bonus-point win for Clermont could put them in the mix for qualification but they need Sale Sharks to do them a favour against the Irish province.

Montauban have acquitted themselves well during their first season in the Heineken Cup and won the reverse fixture in Round 2.