Owen Farrell Munster on the back foot as they look to find another level and keep their European show on the road

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Owen Farrell Munster's Rory Scannell. Photo: Sportsfile
Munster’s Rory Scannell. Photo: Sportsfile

The book of great Munster days in Europe is already bulging, yet they’ll have to find some room in the annals if they can pull this one off.

They have already broken rule one of the Champions Cup by failing to win one of their home matches, while they compounded their draw against Racing 92 by giving Saracens a sniff with a losing bonus point last weekend.

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As promised, Mark McCall has brought back a slew of World Cup stars but this is not a full-strength push from the champions who have left Maro Itoje, Will Skelton and Brad Barritt out for the return fixture.

In, however, come Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell, Jamie George, George Kruis, Vincent Koch and the Vunipolas to make life uncomfortable for a Munster side who swap John Ryan in for Stephen Archer in the only change to their XV.

With the Parisians expected to extend their lead by beating the Ospreys with a bonus point, Munster need to keep Saracens at bay.

They must win at least one of their next two away games to progress.

Neither venue is a place you’d choose to go when you need something, but if they can at least cancel out Saracens’ return from Thomond Park, they’ll remain in control of their destiny albeit needing a victory beneath the disco lights at the La Defense Arena in Round Five.

Only Clermont have won at the Barnet venue since it opened its doors to rugby and when they did it was a low point in a rare and temporary slump.

Despite the bad-news cycle they currently exist in, Saracens remain a force and their returning

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