A concussion injury looks likely to rob the Northern derby of a match-up between two of Tasmania's best young goalkeepers.
Riverside's Jarrod Hill and Launceston City's Lachlan Clark have been in stunning form of late, frequently keeping their teams within sight of much higher-placed opponents.
Hill made his third penalty save of the season in Saturday's 1-0 loss to Glenorchy while Clark has been exceptional keeping clean sheets in wins against Kingborough, Clarence and Glenorchy.
However, an injury sustained in the 4-1 loss at South Hobart looks likely to sideline him from this weekend's visit to Windsor Park.
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"We've lost our keeper with concussion, he'll be out for at least a week," City coach Lino Sciulli reported.
"Losing him is a tough one, but we'll play with who we've got. It's going to be a tough game because they are playing well at the moment."
City welcome captain Lindsay Millington back from holidays while new recruit Scott Murray is finding his feet in the no.10 role behind the strikers.
The former Northern Rangers talent left the state in 2011 to try his luck in England and was back in Australia playing in Queensland when City's director of football Roger Mies persuaded him to see out the season at Prospect.
"He's a little bit unfit but we'll work him in," Sciulli added. "He gives us more depth going forward."
Olympic coach Alex Gaetani said there were plenty of positives from the Glenorchy match, which followed strong performances against Zebras, South Hobart and Clarence.
"We moved the ball around really well and carved them up at times," he said. "We defended well and showed the style we can play with our ball movement and switching play. It was disappointing to play that well and not get a result.
"Liam Gilmore had a different ball to other people. He was exceptional and great to watch. Jarrod was really good again in goal and (centre-back) Jon O'Neill was very strong.
"At times we are playing the type of football that only the top three or four teams can play. We've just got to do that more consistently.
"If we play like that we'll have a good chance against City because we're playing good football even if the last result does not show it."
2.15pm Devonport v Kingborough, Valley Road
2.30pm Glen'y v Clarence, KGV
2.30pm Riverside v Launceston City, Windsor Park
4.15pm Olympia v Hobart Zebras, Warrior Park
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