However, head coach Simon Easterby is only too aware that the Stade Marcel-Michelin is the most daunting fortress in European rugby right now. Clermont are unbeaten in their last 67 games at their home ground and have won their last 16 in the Heineken Cup since Sale Sharks won 32-15 there back in October 2008.
Scarlets stunned the French cauldron last year when Jonathan Davies crossed inside five minutes before Morgan Stoddart was sent off and Scarlets eventually succumbed 49-16. Davies will be a Clermont player next season while opposite number Regan King will be heading in the opposite direction to his former club as part of the deal.
The tie has all the makings of a high-scoring classic given the form of both sides. Scarlets fly-half Rhys Priestland is the current highest points scorer in the Heineken Cup while Scott Williams is among a clutch of players to have twice scored tries already. However, Clermont have won all four previous meetings in the tournament and averaged a staggering 42 points on each occasion.
Scarlets must also find a way of stopping former All Black wing Sitiveni Sivivatu, who beat more players (14) and made more metres (263) than any other player in the opening two rounds. But Clermont head coach Vern Cotter knows that another defeat, following their 13-9 loss to Racing Metro on the opening weekend, could spell the end of their hopes of going one better than last season when they reached a first Heineken Cup Final.