Triple threat - Battle for sixth place heats up
With three teams locked on 36 points in sixth position - the final play-off spot, Harbour View should fancy their chances of pulling away from fellow challengers, UWI and Reno, who face tougher opponents in this weekend's Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) assignment.
Harbour View will be up against relegated Boys' Town at Barbican, Reno entertain second placed Arnett Gardens at Frome, while UWI tackle leaders Portmore United at UWI Bowl.
With five rounds of games to go, even though some teams have games in hand, only two play-off spots are available with Portmore (56), Arnett (46), Tivoli (43) and Cavalier (43) all but assured of their places in the knockout phase. Fifth place Mobay (37) have climbed up the table with their recent improved form but are not out of the woods as yet.
The stars-of-the-east face the already relegated and deflated Boys' Town, who will have very little motivation and will be fancied to take all three points.
UWI will face another tough assignment against Portmore, after giving up a two goal lead to draw 2-2 with Arnett Gardens on Monday. UWI won the first meeting between the teams 1-0, but Portmore avenged that result with a 5-1 whipping at Prison Oval in their previous meeting and with both teams trending in different directions based on form, Portmore look the favourite to come away with a result from the fixture.
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"It's really a roller coaster for us this season. Portmore is the most consistent team in the league. It is always a humdinger playing against Portmore. We know that every team as flaws, so we are going out their to exploit those flaws, Hopefully we can come away with full points," said UWI coach Marcel Gayle.
Coach of Portmore Shavar Thomas says that UWI are a dangerous team, so he is expecting a tough game.
"It is surprising that UWI are in the position that they find themselves in. They have quality players in every department on the field. It will be a tough game because UWI are fighting for the three points. However, we are going there to do our best," Thomas said.
Reno also face a tough customer in Arnett, in their bid to keep pace with the other challengers. The Westmoreland club's ship has been steadied under the guidance of new coach Vassell Reynolds with only one defeat in their last six matches, and playing the 'Junglist' in their backyard at Frome Complex will give them extra impetus to get the three points. But Arnett's attacking prowess and the competition's top marksman, Fabian Reid (16) cannot be underestimated and they have the ability to go to Frome and come away with maximum points.