ACE coach Steve Glockner reckons tomorrow’s clash with Grange will not decide the title race, but admitted it is “really big for both clubs”.
The teams will walk out at Wolter Park, kick-off 6pm, with defending Premier League champions ACE six points ahead of third-placed Grange, who have two games in hand.
On the run-in, ACE have two matches against top five sides (Grange and Toowong). Grange have four (ACE, Taringa twice and Bayside).
“It’s a big game. A really big game for us and Grange,” said Glockner, “I’m sure both sides will be up for it and it will be a cracker.
“It’s a bit like last year. There will be many teams that decide the outcome (of the Premier League title) not just maybe ourselves and Grange.
“They have two extra games than us and they are playing some top teams. Anything can happen.”
“I prefer to have points in the bag rather than games in hand. You can argue it both ways, but we’re happy where we are sitting, on top.”
ACE have a much-changed squad from the end of last season – and even the sides’ first encounter this year when Grange won 2-0.
“We’ve had quite a few additions to the squad to strengthen it and we’re happy with all the boys who have come in,” said Glockner.
“The team we have now is very, very different to the end of last year. I think we have retained four players. It keeps changing.
“We have a full squad for this match. No injuries. We’re good to go. Hopefully everyone turns up with the right attitude and ready to go.
“We’ll be looking to take our chances. We tend to create a lot and I think this game is going to be a cracker.”
ACE Reserves take on their Grange counterparts at Wolter Park at 3.45pm. ACE are second, Grange fourth, five points behind.
Points are just as important in the battle for the Premier League Club Championship, which is combined total points of each club’s senior and reserve sides. ACE are currently level with Toowong on 75 points.