Edinburgh sit in 3rd place in the League table two points clear of tonight's opponents and while their away form isn't good - their only away win in their last six trips was 17-16 at Scarlets in the Magners League on December 4th - their 12-7 home win over Munster in round six ended a five game losing run to the Munstermen.
Home form is therefore vital in a League that sees just eight points separating the 1st and 7th placed sides and anything other than a win this evening would seriously damage Munster's hopes of a top four finish.
They haven't had a game since losing to Ulster in Ravenhill on January 2nd and although Tony McGahan has had the squad together for the past week at a warm weather camp there is certain to be a degree of rustiness that the Scots will hope to exploit.
However, in what is sure to be a close run affair, if Munster can gain parity up front they would appear to have the cutting edge out wide to gain the upper hand.
Munster: D Hurley; D Howlett, L Mafi, J de Villiers, I Dowling; P Warwick, P Stringer; M Horan, D Fogarty, T Buckley; D Ryan, M O'Driscoll capt; A Quinlan, N Ronan, J Coughlan. Replacements: M Sherry, J Brugnaut, B Holland, T O'Donnell, D Williams, S Deasy, T Gleeson.
Edinburgh: Ben Cairns; Mark Robertson, Nick De Luca, John Houston, Tim Visser; David Blair, Greig Laidlaw (capt); Kyle Traynor, Andrew Kelly, Geoff Cross; Jim Hamilton, Scott MacLeod; Alan MacDonald, Roddy Grant, David Callam. Replacements: Ryan Grant, Allan Jacobsen, Craig Hamilton, Fraser McKenzie, Mike Blair, Rory Hutton, Simon Webster.
Referee: Tim Hayes (WRU).
Assistant Referees: D Keane (IRFU), E O'Dowd (IRFU).