CANADA Life Premier League title contenders St George’s and DHSOB face-off at Glencrutchery Road on Saturday in arguably the biggest game of the season so far.
The eagerly anticipated match between the current top two was meant to take place in September, but a waterlogged pitch forced its postponement.
With IoMFA fixture guru Tony Mepham keen for the Blackburn Construction Railway Cup semi-final line-up decided this and St Mary’s match at Castletown have been slotted into this weekend’s top-flight schedule.
Geordies will probably go into the encounter as slight favourites having propelled themselves to the division’s summit after winning nine and drawing one of their 10 games.
For Saturday’s game the reigning champions will hope to have all-action island midfielder Frank Jones back in their midst after he was taken to hospital and diagnosed with diabetes after last week’s 1-5 win at Peel.
Geordies will also be hoping fellow island cap James McStay recovers from his latest injury set-back after he pulled-up in the warm-up prior to last week’s win at Douglas Road.
Old Boys have had their own problems of late with the influential Stewart brothers struggling for fitness over the past few weeks, while defender Liam Buckley also remains sidelined with suspension.
On the plus side Robbie Ward should be in contention for a first-team return after he had a goalscoring run out for the club’s combination side last weekend.
Elsewhere, Peel and Rushen contest the latest Old Firm encounter at Douglas Road. This could be a cracker with both sides having produced some good football this term.
St Mary’s will look to rubber-stamp their Railway Cup spot with victory over a Castletown side that will be still smarting after last week’s heavy defeat at the hands of Ramsey.
In the north, there is a derby day at RYCOB as fellow relegation candidates and near-neighbours Ayre come to the bright lights of Ramsey.
Gymns sit one place above the aforementioned duo, but will do well to claim points off Corinthians.
St John’s will look to their attacking arsenal to shoot down third-place Laxey, but may have settle for a share of the spoils.