Strathmerton’s trip to Tocumwal headlines round nine in the Picola District Football League north-west division.
With the Bulldogs one win and four points above Saturday’s rivals, only a comprehensive loss would have the hosts surrender their third spot to the Bloods.
Strathmerton is more than 68 per cent better off then its opponents, but the Bloods have been impressive offensively this season.
Dylan Flanagan leads the way inside forward 50 having already kicked 25 goals, playing coach Sean Logie has also chipped in with 18, while Brett Clarke (13) rounds out the three-pronged attack.
The Bulldogs have won six games this season, including their past five straight to surge up the ladder.
●Second-placed Blighty will be looking to back up last week’s 172-point win when it hosts the battling Deniliquin Rovers.
The Rovers have lost four out of their past five matches, with their only success coming against seventh-placed Jerilderie.
Meanwhile, the Redeyes are flying following their demolition of bottom side Yarroweyah.
Daniel Kirchen’s side has only lost once this season, to unbeaten reigning premier Picola.
●If there is one way to see the discrepancy between the competition’s best and worst it will be this round when unbeaten Picola hosts one-win Mathoura.
The Timbercutters have lost their past three games by a combined 199 points, while United has won its past three games by 181 points.
Mathoura’s lone win came against Yarroweyah in round three by 156 points.
●Jerilderie will be hoping to close the gap on Berrigan when it hosts the Saints.
The Demons sit two wins and two ladder positions adrift of the Saints and if form is any indication, the Saints should get up.
The Demons fell 100 points short of Strathmerton last round and are the competition’s second worst offensive and defensive side this season.
A win is imperative for Lee Schmidt’s side on Saturday, with a tough run of games against Tocumwal and Blighty in the next fortnight.