WITH South Hobart securing the Victory League title last weekend, attention now turns to sides battling it out for a spot in the top four.
Devonport City (second),Tilford Zebras (third) and Olympia (fourth) are within four points of each other.
Northern Rangers are fifth but eight points out of the top four and would need to win their remaining games against Kingborough Lions, Devonport City and Olympia, while relying on Olympia to lose its remaining games to play finals.
The Strikers face the toughest challenge this round when they host champions South Hobart. Coach Chris McKenna said his side felt unlucky not to have taken three points in the last match at Valley Road.
"I'm certain South will come to Valley Road with confidence and the winning mentality that they've illustrated all season and will want to finish off their season strongly," McKenna said.
Captain Nathan Gratton is available this week but might start on the bench with Bradley Chilcott retaining his place in defence. Peter Gilham is likely to make his first start in the Victory League while Brayden Mann may be rested after battling through last week with hamstring soreness.
South coach Ken Morton said the last match at Valley Road was a very close game.
"Devonport are playing well, showing great character and playing with a good team spirit," he said. However, he said after winning the league so emphatically, the side was keen to stay undefeated for the remaining games. Hugh Ludford, Kostas Kanakaris and Liam Scott will miss the match.
Kingborough Lions want to knock Northern Rangers out of fifth spot and a win against them today will help.
Rangers have had an interrupted preparation with poor weather and heavy pitches disrupting training but will field an unchanged starting 11.
Spokesman Brendan Lichtendonk said mistakes had somewhat defined the club's season. "This week presents an opportunity to finish our year on a high and post a win against Kingborough whom we have never beaten in normal time," he said.
Lions coach Steve Adkins said he would look to give his up and coming younger players more of a run in the remaining rounds.
Launceston City is still hunting its first win and, after only losing 3-1 to Tilford Zebras last time, might feel this is their chance. Coach Mark Egan said his side did not play that poorly in last week's 5-1 loss to Olympia, but just made mistakes in dangerous areas.
"(It) highlighted to the lads the difference between playing in last year's NPL and this V-League, you can't get away with that type of sloppy play," Egan said.
Zebras coach Tommy Fotak said his side needed to keep winning games to keep the pressure on the teams around it and keep its place in the top four.
Tonight's opener features Olympia hosting Glenorchy Knights.
Coach Glen McNeill said Knights have come close to getting a result on the last couple of occasions and would be desperate to get a result against his side.
Knights coach Chris Hey was disappointed with last week's match against Devonport but has not changed his line-up, preferring minor adjustments.
Today's game - Olympia v Glenorchy Knights at Warrior Park (8pm). Tomorrow's games: Kingborough Lions v Northern Rangers at Lightwood Park (2pm); Devonport City v South Hobart at Valley Road (2pm); Tilford Zebras v Launceston City at KGV (4.30pm)