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Referee: Gwyn Morris (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Ian Heard, Graeme Marshall (both Scotland)
Television Match Official: Iain Ramage (Scotland)
Match Odds (Paddy Power): Edinburgh to win: 6/5; Draw: 20/1; Munster to win: 4/6
Say What: Shaun Payne (Munster) - "We will be looking to move forward this weekend. We are a work in progress this season.
"We are improving each week and will be looking to improve on our performance against Treviso. Traditionally, we have done quite well in Edinburgh, although the games have tended to be very close.
"Looking at Edinburgh this season, they are a well-drilled, decent outfit. They have been playing well.
"It is a tough one on Friday night, a six day turnaround from our last game.
"The injuries to the props - Marcus Horan and Tony Buckley - provide an opportunity for others. Julien Brugnaut is an experienced prop and I thought Darragh (Hurley) did extremely well when he came on (against Treviso).
"And that's always difficult. So now both player have an opportunity. Of course you don't like to be without your frontline players, but we have the back up."
Rob Moffat (Edinburgh) - "It's another massive challenge for the team, but it's one we are really looking forward to.
"Over the last few years, Munster have consistently performed well at the highest level. That is the benchmark for other teams to aspire towards and we are expecting another tough game.
"Steve Jones played well for us last week, but I felt bringing Chris (Paterson) back in was the right decision.
"Chris has been playing well for us this season. Everybody always goes on about his goal-kicking, but first and foremost he has been playing well - looking really sharp.
"As I've said before, this season's challenge is a 36-man job and it is my responsibility to manage the squad properly.
"Ally (Hogg) has started the first seven games of the season and has contributed well. Scott (Newlands) came on last weekend and did well - very few, if any of our players will start every game this season."
Top Scorers - 2009/10 Magners League: Edinburgh - Points: Chris Paterson 61; Tries: Tim Visser 3; Munster - Points: Jeremy Manning 30; Tries: Nick Williams 3
RECENT LEAGUE MEETINGS:
Friday, October 13, 2006 - Munster 10 Edinburgh 21, Thomond Park
Friday, May 4, 2007 - Edinburgh 9 Munster 35, Murrayfield
Saturday, November 3, 2007 - Munster 19 Edinburgh 16, Musgrave Park
Friday, February 15, 2008 - Edinburgh 7 Munster 11, Murrayfield
Friday, September 5, 2008 - Edinburgh 15 Munster 20, Murrayfield
Saturday, February 21, 2009 - Munster 28 Edinburgh 14, Musgrave Park
- Edinburgh ended a three-match losing run with their 17-13 home victory over Ulster in the Heineken Cup last Saturday
- The Scottish capital side's only loss at Murrayfield in their last ten outings was a 21-19 defeat to Leinster in the Magners League on September 26
- Munster's 30-0 reversal at the hands of Leinster in their most recent Magners League game ended their three-match winning run in the competition
- The defending Magners League champions have lost four of their last five away games in all competitions
- Munster have won the last five encounters between these two teams, while Edinburgh's only win over Munster since April 2004 was a 21-10 triumph at Thomond Park in the league in October 2006