They ended a run of eight straight defeats in the Heineken Cup with a win over the Ospreys in their final Pool game of last season's tournament.
Montpellier will hope to recreate the stunning form they showed in last season's group stages when they won five out of their six fixtures to finish second in a tough group with Toulon, Cardiff Blues and Sale Sharks. But their European adventure came to an end when they were comprehensively beaten
But Montpellier coach Fabien Galthie admits his side are not expecting an easy opening to this year's Heineken Cup. He said: "We realise that all away matches are complicated. It is very hard to establish your dominance on the game, to keep the ball and then play how you want to.
"Treviso really are the backbone of Italian rugby and the best Italian side. They are very fast, very aggressive and as this is the last season for their coach I feel like they will want to go out and enjoy themselves."
Saturday, 12 October 2013; 14:35, Stadio Comunale di Monigo; Sky Italia, Sky Sports, Canal+
Referee: Dudley Phillips (Ire)
Assistant Ref: Kieran Barry (Ire) Assistant Ref: Eanna O'Dowd (Ire)
TMO: Kevin Beggs (Ire) Citing Commissioner: Douglas Hunter (Sco)
- Treviso ended a run of eight consecutive defeats in this competition in their final pool match of the 2012/13 season when they beat Ospreys 17-14.
- These two are meeting in the competition for the first tim - indeed it is Montpellier's first match against Italian opponents in this tournament.
- Treviso have won five and lost 27 of their matches against French opposition in the Heineken Cup.
- A quarter-final defeat to ASM Clermont Auvergne ended a run of five straight wins in this tournament for Montpellier, which included a 20-point defeat of eventual champions Toulon.