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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
|Sunday 21st December|
|16:00||Dragons vs Zebre|
|Friday 26th December|
|14:05||Cardiff Blues vs Dragons|
|17:00||Munster vs Leinster|
|18:45||Ulster vs Connacht|
|Saturday 27th December|
|14:40||Glasgow vs Edinburgh|
|17:15||Ospreys vs Scarlets|
|Sunday 28th December|
|14:00||Zebre vs Treviso|
|Thursday 1st January|
|14:05||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Cardiff Blues|
|17:00||Connacht vs Munster|
|Friday 2nd January|
|19:35||Edinburgh vs Glasgow Warriors|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|14:00||Treviso vs Zebre|
|14:40||Leinster vs Ulster|
|17:05||Scarlets vs Ospreys|
|Friday 9th January|
|19:35||Connacht vs Edinburgh|
|19:35||Glasgow vs Scarlets|
|Saturday 10th January|
|14:40||Cardiff Blues vs Leinster|
|15:00||Zebre vs Munster|
|Sunday 11th January|
|14:00||Treviso vs Ulster|
|16:00||Ospreys vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Wednesday 14th January|
|TBC||Leinster vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|TBC||Scarlets vs Connacht|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs Ospreys|
|TBC||Ulster vs Benetton Treviso|
|TBC||Zebre vs Glasgow|
|TBC||Munster vs Cardiff Blues|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Ospreys 31 - 20 Ulster|
|Glasgow Warriors 21 - 18 Munster|
|Friday 19th December|
|Cardiff Blues 21 - 9 Scarlets|
|Edinburgh 48 - 0 Treviso|
|Leinster 21 - 11 Connacht|
|Sunday 30th November|
|Glasgow Warriors 19 - 15 Dragons|
|Saturday 29th November|
|Connacht 14 - 8 Scarlets|
|Leinster 18 - 12 Ospreys|
|Zebre 18 - 10 Edinburgh|
|Friday 28th November|
|Cardiff Blues 36 - 25 Treviso|
|Munster 21 - 20 Ulster|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|Edinburgh 28 - 13 Cardiff Blues|
|Treviso 24 - 24 Leinster|
|Friday 21st November|
|Ulster 25 - 16 Ospreys|
|Connacht 43 - 3 Zebre|
|Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow Warriors|
|Dragons 12 - 38 Munster|
|Saturday 1st November|
|Ulster 23 - 6 Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Scarlets 28 - 13 Zebre|
|Cardiff Blues 24 - 28 Munster|
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