SHEFFIELD TIGERS: Out-of-sorts Tigers look to boost play-off bid

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SHEFFIELD need a big response this evening after two devastating defeats last week dented their Premier League Play-Off hopes (7.45pm).

The Tigers take on Edinburgh at Owlerton looking to get back on track after last week’s losses to Glasgow and Workington gave them a mountain to climb.

All season, though, the city side have responded when their backs are against the wall and club boss Neil Machin sees no reason why they can’t do the same this evening; “We know that our results last week made our lives more difficult but this team has bundles of spirit.

“All year we have shown great character, a prime example being the win we got at Berwick just days after losing at home to Scunthorpe. We know how important it is to get back to winning ways.”

The Monarchs have had a mixed year, but possess perhaps the most in-form man in British Speedway in Cumbrian Craig Cook.

Machin added: “Edinburgh only lost by one point at Leicester last Sunday which suggests they are very much in form.

“Craig Cook is in superb form, Theo Pijper is a big-track specialist and Andrew Tully always seems to go well here and there’s the experience of Matt Wethers and Derek Sneddon.”

Sheffield will again be without Josef Franc and Emiliano Sanchez, who both injured, and their absences will be covered by a rider replacement and Justin Sedgmen respectively.

TIGERS: Rider Replacement for Franc, Hugh Skidmore, Justin Sedgmen (G), Richard Hall, Ricky Wells, Chris Schramm, Joe Haines.

MONARCHS: Craig Cook, Derek Sneddon, Theo Pijper, Matthew Wethers, Andrew Tully, Joszef Tabaka, Marcel Helfer.