Stade Francais will bring with them one of the leading players in Europe in Italian No 8 Sergio Parisse and will also have Argentinean legend Felipe Contepomi seeking to sign off his remarkable career in style with a European title.
Even though Stade Francais have lost their last two games heavily to two of the top three teams in the Top 14, Toulon and Toulouse, they remain a threat and are a side with a strong pedigree in the Amlin Challenge Cup having reached the final in Cardiff two years ago.
Bath are one of only two teams to have won both the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup and are still not certain of Heineken Cup qualification next season. That makes their knock-out phase in the Amlin vitally important to former Springboks forwards coach Gary Gold as he prepares his team for the next stage in the development of his side at Bath.
- Stade have figured in the knockout stages of this competition for the last two seasons and have won through to the last four on both occasions, losing the final in 2010/11.
- On the four previous occasions that Bath have featured in this tournament, they have won their quarter-final match, reaching the final three times.
- Bath have won all 20 of their home matches in this competition.
- Bath's tackle completion rate of 92% is the best in the Amlin Challenge Cup this season.
- The clubs have met twice before, in the 2009/10 Heineken Cup pool stage. Stade won both matches by margins of two points.