DEVONPORT City will have to beat South Hobart, the most successful Tasmanian soccer club in recent history, to raise the Victory Cup tomorrow.
The Strikers have lost all three matches against the Victory League champion this year, going down 3-1 in August, 3-1 in June and 2-1 in April.
Coach Chris McKenna said his side was comfortable being the underdog, but hoped its performance would be be good enough to win the trophy.
"South Hobart will, as always, be a very tough opponent," he said. "They've again been the benchmark this year and have thoroughly deserved their success. They have no obvious weaknesses in their team and have an embarrassment of talent to draw from."
The Strikers have the same squad of 15 as last weekend, which came from behind to beat Tilford Zebras 4-2.
"It is no secret that our squad depth has been seriously tested in the past few weeks, which makes last weekend's win even more impressive," McKenna said.
"We weren't overly happy with our first half last week and thankfully we were able to rectify a few of the issues at half-time. The lads showed great character in the second half and once we got on a roll, we were always going to be hard to beat."
South coach Ken Morton said the three matches against Devonport this season had been tight and exciting.
"I believe the final will be a cracker also with both teams strong in attack, going for the win," Morton said. "We will need to be at our best, play with purpose, move the ball around quickly, frustrate Devonport and keep their key players out of the game."
Morton expected forward Kostas Kanakaris to be back from injury and play a part in the match.
"We will ask the players to run and run and try and play with great speed and intensity and control the game."
Before the 2pm grand final, Zebras will play Olympia in the third place play-off at 11.30am.
Despite finishing behind them on the ladder, Olympia has the wood over Zebras this year, winning the last encounter 3-2 in July, having a 1-1 draw in June and a 5-1 win in April.
Victory Cup - Grand final - South Hobart v Devonport City at KGV (2pm)
Third place play-off - Tilford Zebras v Olympia at KGV (11.30am)