Two of the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League top four will trade blows on Sunday in a contest that could be anything.
Eaglehawk has been as solid as a rock this season, winner four of its past five games to be second on the table.
But the enigma that is Tatura will be in town looking for another statement win.
The Ibises taught Colts United a lesson in football last time out, smashing it 7-2 in a brutal display and coach Sean Grant said similar form would go a long way to another win.
‘‘It’s another tough game, but if we play anything like we did on Sunday I can’t see us not coming away with three points,’’ Grant said.
‘‘But it’s a tough game, they’re strong and physical and definitely another tough challenge for us.’’
The Ibises just might have turned a corner after an interesting patch of form, twice held to 3-3 draws against sides they would have expected to handle.
‘‘It’s a much tighter league this year and I think that’s so much better,’’ Grant said.
‘‘You don’t know what you’re getting when you turn up to a game, it could be a draw, or a win or loss.
‘‘It’s unpredictable and you have to keep turning up and working hard and I think that’s better for the weaker sides as well.’’
Grant has scored nine goals for the season, combining brilliantly with Lewis Coyle, who has seven.
●Breaking down an impenetrable defence — how hard can it be?
That is the question Shepparton will seek an answer to in Sunday’s trip to Strathdale.
The host has conceded only four goals in six games — and none in its past four — and is sitting pretty on top of the league with a five-point gap to second.
The Reds have shown promise, but an inability to run with the big dogs, with losses to Shepparton United, Tatura, Shepparton South and Eaglehawk, four of the top five teams.
Omran Alhamzah will see the weekend’s clash as a personal challenge; can the gun forward with eight goals in seven games break down the league’s best back line?
●Shepparton South is shooting for a third straight win when it travels to Colts United.
Fresh off an outstanding 11-0 win against Moama-Echuca, the third-placed Southerners will fancy another quality win to stay in touch with the top two.
They are a balanced arsenal going forward, with six different multiple goalscorers this season, led by Joel Aitken with a cheeky six goals in three games.
United has not been an easy side to put away, currently sixth on the table.
●Shepparton United has a straightforward home encounter with Spring Gully on the menu for Sunday’s afternoon tea fixture.
Gully is ninth on the table and heads to McEwen Reserve without a win in five games and will face a Blues’ line-up intent on making up for a loss.
United could not break down Strathdale’s highly-rated defence, but will fancy its chances against a side that has shipped 19 goals in six games.