On the face of it, tonight’s RaboDirect PRO12 fixture in Musgrave Park (8.30) looks a pretty straight forward affair for Munster who with their returning internationals, will be raging hot favourites to get back to winning ways.
Four from six wins in the opening phase of the competition probably represented a fair return for Munster's effort while in the same period Aironi managed just one win, at home to Edinburgh.
Nevertheless, like Munster, they welcome back their international contingent that includes the likes of Fabio Ongaro, Marco Bortolami, Salvatore Perugini, Quintin Geldenhuys, Andrea Masi and Luciano Orquera.
Perugini and Geldenhuys are named on the bench, so too are Tito Tebaldi and Giulio Toniolatti which means that there'll be plenty left in the Italian tank as the game enters the crucial third quarter.
Last times the sides met here in Musgrave Park, it was still all to play for going into the second half when Perugini got his marching orders and Munster capitalised. We also know that despite their lowly League position, only three sides have scored more tries so far and given the presence of Orquera, Masi and Toniolatti and Tebaldi when inevitably introduced, expect them to run at Munster at every opportunity.
Missing from their line-up is Nick Williams and the former Munster player will be a loss
The captain's armband reverts to Paul O'Connell but the man who has worn it in his absence, Peter O'Mahony, is retained in the back row, preferred on this occasion for the number 7 shirt ahead of Niall Ronan (bench) and Tommy O'Donnell.
O'Connell is partnered by Donncha Ryan in the second row, Danny Barnes pairs up with Will Chambers in midfield and there's the exciting back three of Johne Murphy, Doug Howlett and Keith Earls, who, if served the right menu, are capable of gobbling up the goods.
There are still some tickets available for the game, from Munster offices in Tramore Road and Musgrave Park and will be on sale again this evening at the ground.
Munster: J Murphy; D Howlett, W Chambers, D Barnes, K Earls; R O'Gara, C Murray; W du Preez, D Varley, BJ Botha; D Ryan, P O'Connell (capt); D Leamy, P OMahony, J Coughlan. Replacements: D Fogarty, M Horan, J Hayes, D O'Callaghan, N Ronan, T O'Leary, S Deasy, L Mafi.
Aironi Rugby: R Trevisan; S Sinoti, A Masi, G Pavan, G Venditti; L Orquera, T Keats; M Aguero, F Ongaro, F Staibano; M Bortolami (capt), N Cattina; S Favaro, J Furno, J Sole. Replacements: R Santamaria, S Perugini, L Redolfini, Q Geldenhuys, F Ferrarini, T Tebaldi, N Olivier, G Toniolatti.
Referee : P Allan (SRU).