Winner takes all at Owlerton

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TIGERS face a win-or-bust League Cup tie with Leicester at Owlerton tonight (7.45).

And club owner Neil Machin says it’s the biggest meeting the club have staged in recent seasons as they hunt down a semi-final place.

Sheffield need to win by more then six points to claim all three points on offer and win the group – but if Leicester gain a point that will be enough to send them through.

“This is certainly the biggest team meeting we’ve had for a few years and it will all go on the line against Leicester,” said Machin.

“We went into the toughest qualification group against last year’s league champions and against the team many expect to win it this time around, so for us to still be in the frame considering everyone had written us off is a terrific achievement.

“We went to Leicester, went close to getting a win and took the bonus and then after beating Scunthorpe here last Thursday we should have at least brought home the bonus in the return.

“That’s not a bad effort for a young team written off at the start.

“No-one considered the potential and that’s already starting to show through.

“I think that being dismissed by the pundits has made us that much more determined to prove them all wrong and qualifying for the League Cup semi-finals will be a major part of that process.

“All the team is fired up and we’re confident we can get the three points we need.

“If we do it, it will be a fantastic achievement.”

Tigers are unchanged with the usual riding order named by bosses David Hoggart and Nigel Hinchliffe.

Leicester have recently added former favourite Magnus Karlsson to their side after an injury to Adam Roynon and in Kauko Nieminen they have a rider who doubles up in the Elite League with Belle Vue.

SHEFFIELD: Simon Stead, Facundo Albin, Joe Haines, Richard Hall, Ricky Wells, Damien Koppe, Jake Knight.