Rangers face reigning champion

Rangers player Adam Edwards celebrates after Kingborough's Nicholas Cuthbertson knocked in an own goal.

Rangers player Adam Edwards celebrates after Kingborough's Nicholas Cuthbertson knocked in an own goal.

A TOP-OF-THE-TABLE clash between second-placed Northern Rangers and reigning champions South Hobart on Sunday will wrap up round 10 of the Victory League.

Rangers coach Tim Lunnon said playing South at home did not get any bigger for his club.

"They are a quality team with good players on every line, and we have to play well for 90 minutes to be competitive. We believe that we can - we just need to put it all together on the day," Lunnon said.

"It is a challenge to play against a club with so much depth and experience, but in the end, this is what you play for - to test yourselves against the best. We look forward to it."

Rangers defender Luke Tuma is away so Aidan Rigby comes back into the starting 11 at the NTCA.

Hobart coach Ken Morton said Rangers were one of the best teams in the competition.

"They don't give much away and they have goals in them. So we expect a very tough opponent," he said.

"Both teams will be eager to win and claim maximum points. South need to win to stay top, and if Rangers win they go top, so it definitely is a very important game for both clubs."

Devonport City needs a win tomorrow against Launceston City to keep its top four hopes alive.

Joel Stone will start in midfield as a more attacking option and goalkeeper Casey Eaves is looking refreshed after his break.

Coach Nick Owen had players take training this week to see who was going to lead the Strikers though the second half of the year.

"I felt that on-field leadership was something that we have lacked in numerous games this season and it was very apparent in our loss to Olympia a fortnight ago," Owen said. "Callum Moore was one particular player who shone in those situations and has stepped up immensely in terms of leadership."

Launceston City coach Kurt Reynolds said Devonport had been a little inconsistent over recent rounds and expected a long ball style of play.

"We anticipate a tough match against Devonport at Valley Road - we go into the match with a strong squad and expect a positive outcome," he said. "We see this match as an opportunity to improve our position on the table. However, Devonport will be tough opposition."

The last match ended in a 7-3 win to the Strikers.

Kingborough Lions will be favourite at home to beat bottom-placed Glenorchy Knights. Coach Stephen Pitchford said a win was needed to stay in touch with the top four as his side played three of them in the next three weeks.

Tonight's game:

Hobart Zebras v Olympia at KGV (8pm)

Tomorrow's games:

Devonport City v Launceston City at Valley Road (5pm)

Kingborough Lions v Glenorchy Knights at Lightwood Park (2pm)

Sunday's game: Northern Rangers v South Hobart at NTCA (3pm)

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