Leicester trail Pool leaders Ulster by three points and must win to be certain of staying in touch with the Irish province going into the final round of matches. That means Cockerill will have to pick his best side in order to stay on course for a Heineken Cup quarter-final slot.
Welford Road will be full to over-flowing for the clash with Ulster, but Cockerill is too long in the tooth to even dare to cast an eye or thought towards that game before his side has been to Stadio Monigo and done the business.
Benetton Treviso were rocked by a 14-12 away defeat to fellow Italians Zebre at the start of the year and have yet to pick up a win or a point in Europe this season. That will mean pride will be at stake for a team that lost coach Franco Smith after their last Heineken Cup outing.
- Leicester have won all seven of their Heineken Cup matches against Treviso, including a 34-3 win earlier this season. The aggregate score of those seven games is 289-101 in favour of the English club.
- The Italians have scored just 16 points so far, fewer than any other side in the competition.
- Treviso have the worst lineout (68%) and scrum (67%) success rates in the tournament.
- Leicester have produced 18 lineout steals in this tournament, more than any other club.