The teams are out for the first (and only festive) leg of the 1872 Cup.
As usual for Scotland fans there are some interesting matchups, starting with Blair Kinghorn and Stuart Hogg at fullback. Both men are in fine fettle but a strong effort from the youngster might snag him an invite to the Six Nations training camp, even if he is unlikely to feature in the matchday squads just yet.
At standoff, Duncan Weir faces off against Finn Russell, the loon that stole his 10 shirt at Glasgow and Sam Hidalgo Clyne will be hoping for a good game at 9 against Henry Pyrgos. With Ali Price and Sean Kennedy also about, all the pretenders to Greig Laidlaw’s throne will be playing. Overall Glasgow have the more starry back division even if Tommy Seymour is absent. Times are a changing when Mark Bennett looks like a B option thrown out against weaker opposition and he has a huge point to prove ahead of the Six Nations.
Up front there are some tasty matchups with Zander Fagerson packing down opposite Al Dickinson, and – as close as you get to an old school trial – Ross Ford opposite Fraser Brown. The continued absence of WP Nel is disappointing however. Behind them Gray vs Gilchrist could be a decisive matchup if it turns into a rolling maul contest, while the back rows are very evenly matched with internationals all round.
One to watch: now Harley and Strauss are in fine form, Magnus Bradbury would love to lay down a marker to keep him in Vern Cotter’s thoughts.
Welcome back: Adam Ashe will be a welcome return for Glasgow (still no second rows though), and Phil Burleigh for Edinburgh returns after his ban for the PapeSlappe™.
Key matchup: Fagerson vs Dickinson in the scrum, and indeed the loose, could be epic.
Edinburgh: 15. Blair Kinghorn, 14. Damien Hoyland, 13. Chris Dean, 12. Phil Burleigh, 11. Tom Brown, 10. Duncan Weir, 9. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne; 1. Alasdair Dickinson, 2. Ross Ford, 3. Simon Berghan, 4. Ben Toolis, 5. Grant Gilchrist, 6. Magnus Bradbury, 7. Hamish Watson, 8. Cornell Du Preez
Replacements: 16. Stuart McInally, 17. Allan Dell, 18. Murray McCallum, 19. Fraser McKenzie, 20. Viliame Mata, 21. Sean Kennedy, 22. Jason Tovey, 23. Glenn Bryce
Not available due to injury: Michael Allen (knee), Anton Bresler (groin), Kevin Bryce (shoulder), John Hardie (ankle), WP Nel (neck), Alex Northam (ankle), Rory Sutherland (groin)
Glasgow: 15. Stuart Hogg, 14. Junior Bulumakau, 13. Mark Bennett, 12. Alex Dunbar, 11. Lee Jones, 10. Finn Russell, 9. Henry Pyrgos CO-CAPTAIN; 1. Alex Allan, 2. Fraser Brown, 3. Zander Fagerson, 4. Brian Alainu’uese, 5. Jonny Gray CO-CAPTAIN, 6. Rob Harley, 7. Simone Favaro, 8. Josh Strauss
Replacements: 16. Pat MacArthur, 17. Ryan Grant, 18. Sila Puafisi, 19. Adam Ashe, 20. Chris Fusaro, 21. Ali Price, 22. Nick Grigg, 23. Sean Lamont
Not available due to injury: Scott Cummings (shoulder), Peter Horne (knee / ankle), Rory Hughes (knee), Greg Peterson (shoulder), Leonardo Sarto (shoulder), Tjiuee Uanivi (shoulder) and Richie Vernon (shoulder).
Referee: Ian Davies (WRU). AR1: Mike Adamson (SRU). AR2: Sam Grove-White (SRU)
TMO: Jim Yuille (SRU)
Broadcaster: BBC2 Scotland (kick off 4.05pm)
UPDATE: You can also read an in-depth preview by our contributor Kevin Millar over on his own site.