Three points tomorrow are a must if Shepparton wants to play finals this season, while Shepparton South is hoping to reel in the league leaders when it travels to Golden City.
Both Goulburn Valley-based clubs enter round 18 off a victory, while it will be a little harder for the Reds to make it two in a row when it hosts Strathdale.
Strathdale, which sits third, is in form, having won four straight games and one was a 2-0 victory against Eaglehawk.
Strathdale has the third best offensive record this season, while defensively the side is sturdy, having conceded the second least amount of goals in 2017.
In comparison, the Reds have netted 14 fewer goals (41) and to make matters worse, Dillon Shelley’s men have also struggled at the other end, having already conceded 38 goals in 15 games.
With five rounds left, the Reds sit nine points adrift of Shepparton United in fourth, so to secure a finals spot, tomorrow’s hosts needs to win every game and hope other results fall in its favour.
Life is a little smoother at South with co-coaches Nathan Radevski and Joel Aitken sitting pretty in second.
South will travel to face City off the back of five straight victories and throughout that period the visitors have netted 26 goals, only conceding eight.
South’s winning streak has seen the side defeat Spring Gully, Tatura, Epsom, Shepparton and Colts United, while it will be ready to fire again coming off the back of a bye.
South has only dropped two points on the road this season, winning six of seven games to date, with the only blemish coming in a 2-2 draw against Spring Gully.
Aitken is leading the line for South, having netted 28 times in 15 games, while Jesse Brun and Toby Ferguson are next best on 13 and 12 goals respectively.
A win for South could see them jump to the top of the table, while City’s finals aspirations are over and a result either way would see it remain eighth.