Sheffield star Josh Bates is anticipating a blockbuster night of action as they welcome high-flying Edinburgh to Owlerton tonight (7.30).
he injury-hit Tigers will face a tough test as they take on a table-topping Monarchs side who have already claimed three away wins out of three this month. Jack Lee’s side have continued to battle valiantly through their injury crisis over the course of the season, but they were dealt a further blow with the news reserve Arthur Sissis will miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury suffered in a heat 15 crash at Berwick last Saturday.
With Sissis ruled out, they will hand a Premier League debut to Birmingham’s teenage sensation Zach Wajtknecht in the lower order.
Star guest Brady Kurtz also lines up once again at No.1 for long-term injury victim Simon Stead as the Owlerton outfit look to move up to third in the table with a win.
Young gun Bates, who has been in fine form at reserve in recent weeks, is expecting a spectacular battle between two play-off bound teams.
And he is hoping to see Sheffield pull off a repeat of their hard-fought 46-44 Knockout Cup victory over Edinburgh on home soil back in May to send out a message to their title rivals ahead of the play-offs.
Bates said: “I reckon we’ll give them a good run for their money but we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
“They did really well before when they came earlier in the season but we just came away with a decent win. With Nicolai (Klindt) in our side now and Brady (Kurtz) at No.1 again hopefully we can get another win. Brady loves it around Sheffield and hopefully he can score some big points for us again. It’s a shame to lose Arthur (Sissis) but Zach (Wajtknecht) is a really good rider and I reckon this will show how close to Premier League racing he actually is. He’s only young and people will need to bare that in mind but you can be sure he’ll give it a right good go.
“Sheffield have got great fans and if they are cheering us on hopefully we can get the win.”
SHEFFIELD: Brady Kurtz, Paco Castagna, David Bellego, Nicolai Klindt, Jason Garrity, Zach Wajtknecht, Josh Bates.
EDINBURGH: Craig Cook, Justin Sedgman, Kevin Wolbert, Erik Riss, Sam Masters R/R, Max Clegg, Robert Branford.