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RaboDirect PRO12 match preview: Ospreys v Treviso
The Ospreys have made just two changes to their starting line-up ahead of Saturday's RaboDirect PRO12 clash at the Liberty Stadium.
Ben John will start on the left wing in place of Tom Issacs who is left out of Steve Tandy's match-day squad.
In the pack Joe Bearman gets the nod ahead of Jonathan Thomas who is demoted to the bench as Ospreys look to consolidate their place in the play-offs.
Meanwhile Treviso have make five changes to their side who have won three successive PRO12 encounters.
Angelo Esposito returns to the starting line-up on the left wing which sees Edoardo Gori switch to the right.
James Ambrosini gets the nod at fly-half ahead of Alberto di Bernardo while Manoa Vosawai takes the No 8 jersey with Dean Budd left out of the squad.
In the flanks Paul Derbyshire will start at openside while Francesco Minto is favoured in the second row with Corniel van Zyl dropped.
Treviso have won three of their last four matches against Welsh opponents but have never won at the Liberty Stadium.
Ospreys will be looking to even the score on Saturday with Italian side having a two wins to one advantage in the duo's three previous meetings this season.
Ospreys: 15 Richard Fussell, 14 Tom Habberfield, 13 Jonathan Spratt, 12 Ashley Beck, 11 Ben John, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Kahn Fotuali'I, 8 Joe Bearman, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 James King, 5 Ian Evans, 4 Alun Wyn Jones (capt), 3 Adam Jones, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Ryan Bevington.
Replacements:16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Duncan Jones, 18 Cai Griffiths, 19 Lloyd Peers, 20 Jonathan Thomas, 21 Rhys Webb, 22 Matthew Morgan, 23 Tom Isaacs.
Treviso:15 Luke McLean, 14 Edoardo Gori, 13 Tommaso Iannone, 12 Doppies La Grange, 11 Angelo Esposito, 10 James Ambrosini, 9 Tobias Botes, 8 Manoa Vosawai, 7 Paul Derbyshire, 6 Simone Favaro, 5 Francesco Minto, 4 Antonio Pavanello (capt), 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Alberto De Marchi.
Replacements:16 Giovanni Maistri, 17 Michele Rizzo, 18 Bees Roux, 19 Valerio Bernabò, 20 Marco Filippucci, 21 Christian Loamanu, 22 Fabio Semenzato, 23 Alberto Di Bernardo.
What they said...
Ospreys fly-half Dan Biggar
"We've picked up two wins in our last two games which has allowed us to keep hold of fourth place, and we know that we are probably going to have to win all three remaining matches to progress.
"We have to concentrate on our own game, starting with Saturday night and Treviso, and looking to pick up some points to put us in a good position."
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Guinness PRO12 Table
|Friday 27th March|
|19:35||Leinster vs Glasgow Warriors|
|19:35||Ulster vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 28th March|
|14:40||Scarlets vs Edinburgh|
|17:15||Munster vs Connacht|
|19:15||Ospreys vs Zebre|
|19:30||Treviso vs Dragons|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:35||Glasgow vs Cardiff Blues|
|19:35||Benetton Treviso vs Ospreys|
|Saturday 11th April|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Munster|
|TBC||Zebre vs Scarlets|
|14:40||Connacht vs Ulster|
|Sunday 12th April|
|16:15||Dragons vs Leinster|
|Friday 24th April|
|19:35||Edinburgh vs Zebre|
|19:35||Ulster vs Leinster|
|Saturday 25th April|
|TBC||Munster vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Connacht vs Glasgow|
|14:30||Cardiff Blues vs Ospreys|
|16:45||Dragons vs Scarlets|
|Saturday 9th May|
|15:00||Ulster vs Munster|
|15:00||Zebre vs Connacht|
|15:00||Ospreys vs Glasgow Warriors|
|15:00||Scarlets vs Cardiff Blues|
|15:00||Leinster vs Treviso|
|15:00||Dragons vs Edinburgh|
|Saturday 16th May|
|15:00||Glasgow Warriors vs Ulster|
|Sunday 8th March|
|Dragons 26 - 22 Ulster|
|Saturday 7th March|
|Treviso 8 - 29 Edinburgh|
|Scarlets 23 - 13 Leinster|
|Ospreys 26 - 12 Munster|
|Friday 6th March|
|Cardiff Blues 18 - 17 Connacht|
|Glasgow Warriors 26 - 5 Zebre|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Connacht 53 - 5 Treviso|
|Zebre 23 - 17 Dragons|
|Cardiff Blues 21 - 15 Edinburgh|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Munster 22 - 10 Glasgow Warriors|
|Friday 27th February|
|Ospreys 9 - 9 Leinster|
|Ulster 25 - 20 Scarlets|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|Dragons 25 - 30 Connacht|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Glasgow 19 - 16 Ospreys|
|Scarlets 25 - 25 Munster|
|Friday 20th February|
|Edinburgh 17 - 20 Ulster|
|Leinster 29 - 8 Zebre|
|Benetton Treviso 40 - 24 Cardiff Blues|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Leinster 14 - 16 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Zebre 10 - 54 Glasgow|
|Scarlets 32 - 14 Connacht|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Munster 33 - 16 Cardiff Blues|
|Friday 13th February|
|Edinburgh 24 - 16 Ospreys|
|Ulster 43 - 3 Benetton Treviso|
Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com