It is Round 9 in the National Premier Leagues NSW competition and with the season edging closer to the halfway point the battle for positions in the top five is really heating up.
APIA Leichhardt Tigers and Sydney Olympic remain locked in a two-way battle for top spot with goal difference the only thing splitting them.
Sutherland Sharks FC v Sydney Olympic FC, 6.30 pm Saturday at Seymour Shaw -Live streamed on Facebook
Grant Lee will have something to prove on Saturday night as his Sutherland Sharks outfit come up against his former team Sydney Olympic at Seymour Shaw.
The Sharks have been solid performers this season and coach Lee has the side playing great football.
However, the boys from the Shire will need to bring nothing short of their best as they take on one of the competition front runners.
Sutherland went down 2-1 last week to reigning NPL NSW champions Manly United courtesy of a Travis Oughtred header in the dying stages.
They will be desperate to not have a repeat result against an Olympic side renowned for swift counter attacks.
Leroy Jennings was the Sharks best in the loss and the tricky attacker will be out to back his previous performance up with another great showing.
Sydney Olympic snatched a 1-0 victory against Sydney FC in round 8 and will be determined to keep pace with APIA Leichhardt Tigers who they trail on the ladder by mere goal difference.
Radovan Pavicevic took advantage of his time on the park last week to head the winner. This former A-League rising star is a talented player and could prove to be quite a difficult operator for Sutherland.
Sutherland traditionally have a good record at home but there is a good reason Sydney Olympic are tied for top spot on the ladder.
It’s sure to be an exciting contest.