Sharks begin difficult stretch at play-off rivals

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The Sharks face a crucial couple of weeks as they bid to end a run of three successive defeats.

A tough trip to Glasgow to take on the Rocks awaits Atiba Lyons’s team on Sunday afternoon with their title hopes hanging by a thread even at this early stage of the season.

Two losses against league favourites Newcastle Eagles has already put Sharks on the back foot and another setback could alter the entire tone of Sheffield’s hopes this year.

Glasgow have also lost twice in the league but are always a difficult proposition at Kelvin Hall and will be challenging for a top four position alongside other likely contenders Plymouth Raiders, Leicester Riders, Newcastle and Sheffield.

Sharks have Leicester in their sights next Friday at the EIS. The Riders, with Great Britain skipper Andrew Sullivan in their team, have endless optimism to mount a concerted effort for a title challenge under coach Rob Paternostro.

Sheffield will be desperate to put last Friday’s BBL Cup home loss against Plymouth behind them on Sunday.

Three defeats is a road bump in the Sharks season. If the run extends to five then it would make it exceedingly tricky to mount a title charge.

The club look likely to have no alterations to their squad, but are keeping close tabs on former player, American Marcus Stout.