The pressure is on Munster in Pool One after they claimed just a losing bonus-point at Clermont Auvergne last weekend.

The reigning champions lie one point behind Sale Sharks but know they cannot afford to slip up again at the revamped Thomond Park.

But Tony McGahan’s men will hope to repeat last year’s exploits by securing a bonus-point home win against the French outfit on their mach to lifting Europe’s top prize for the second time in three years.

And the Red Army will be cheered by their formidable home record after losing just twice in 41 Heineken Cup ties.