Team Northumbria face UWS Sirens in Glasgow tonight [Monday] in what already looks like a pivotal clash for both teams.
Neither side has registered a win this season with the Netball Superleague split in two after three rounds.
The top five teams boast a perfect record and the bottom five sides have suffered three losses on the bounce – making tonight’s clash of key significance in the battle to finish in the top six.
Of added interest to TN fans is the inclusion of former Sport Central favourite Leah Kennedy in the Sirens’ line-up.
The Darlington-born defender moved north of the border this season following eight years with the North East’s only top flight franchise.
And tonight will be the first time she has faced her former club after starting all three matches for Sirens.
Earlier this month Kennedy missed out on a place in the senior England squad due to travel to the Commonwealth Games in April.
But after missing most of the 2017 NSL campaign with a serious knee injury, the experienced goal keeper is back to full fitness and will be keen to make home advantage count against TN.
The visitors head to Glasgow in confident mood after pushing Manchester Thunder to the limit in Friday’s narrow defeat.
Sirens, meanwhile, must bounce back from Thursday's soul-destroying 32-point defeat at reigning champions Wasps.
Centre pass is 7pm with TN’s Sophie Hankin in line for a first start of the season following her impact off the bench against Manchester.