Match Preview: Zebre
Get the latest ahead of Saturday's (23 January) rescheduled trip to face Zebre at Stadio Lanfranchi with this week's Match Preview.
HOW TO WATCH
The match is live on Premier Sports 2 from 12.55pm ahead of a 1pm kick-off in Parma. You can also follow minute-by-minute updates via the club's live match centre.
The Edinburgh Rugby squad travelling to face Zebre in Italy will be named at 12 noon on Friday 22 January via the club's website and social channels.
Referee: Gianluca Gnecchi (FIR, 5th competition game)
Assistant Referees: Manuel Bottino, Luca Trentin (both FIR)
TMO: Stefano Roscini (FIR)
OVERALL PRO14 RECORD
Played 13, Zebre won 5, Edinburgh won 8.
STORY OF THE MATCH
Zebre will go into Saturday's rearranged clash against Edinburgh in Parma with an aim to hit a five-season high.
The Italian side know that victory at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi would make it four successive victories in all competitions, which they last achieved during the 2015-16 campaign.
Edinburgh, buoyed by Scotland internationalists Hamish Watson, Jamie Ritchie and Blair Kinghorn signing contract extension this week, were pipped 23-22 by Glasgow last time out.
LAST TIME OUT
Edinburgh faced Zebre in the opening match of the 2019-20 season where they secured an impressive 50-15 victory at BT Murrayfield with Mark Bennett grabbing a hat-trick.
Fri 1 Apr 16
Alex Toolis(T) Jason Tovey(3C/P) Sam Hidalgo-Clyne(T) Damien Hoyland(2T)
Fri 28 Oct 16
Giovanbattista Venditti(T) Carlo Canna(C/D/3P)
Ross Ford(T) Sam Hidalgo-Clyne(C) Blair Kinghorn(C) Murray McCallum(T)
Sat 31 Dec 16
Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Tommaso Boni(T) Carlo Canna(T/2C) Dries van Schalkwyk(T)
Will Helu(T) Duncan Weir(C/4P) Chris Dean(T)
Fri 6 Oct 17
Johan Meyer(T) Marcello Violi(T/C/P)
Stuart McInally(T) Duncan Weir(C/2P) Jason Tovey(P)
Fri 26 Oct 18
Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Dave Sisi(T) Carlo Canna(T/4C/2P) Tommaso Castello(T) Gabriele di Giulio(T)
Simon Hickey(C/3P) Darcy Graham(T)
Sat 28 Sep 19
Federico Mori(T) Giovanni Licata(T) Francois Brummer(C/P)
Jaco van der Walt(5C/P) Matt Scott(T) Nic Groom(T) Mark Bennett(3T) Jamie Farndale(T) Simon Hickey(C) Fraser McKenzie(T)
Zebre have won their last three matches in all competitions but have not won four in succession in the same season since 2015/16.
Zebre beat Benetton 22-18 in their most recent game in Parma and have not won successive home matches in Guinness PRO14 since September 2018.
Edinburgh’s only victory in their last four Guinness PRO14 fixtures was 10-7 at home to Glasgow on 2 January.
Edinburgh have won only twice outside of Scotland in the Championship since November 2019 and both of those were on trips to Scarlets.
Edinburgh have lost on their last three visits to Italy.
Edinburgh have won three of their last four fixtures against Zebre whilst their two previous victories in Parma came in March 2013 and New Year’s Eve 2016.