The visitors will be looking to capitalise on Tupapa’s recent average form to come away with their first win of the season.
And the side will be aiming to do that by pressuring the Tupapa midfield, says Avatiu head coach Ngatii Manuela.
“We are counting on our senior players to lead through the likes of Luke Vidovi and Melbourne Matakino in the defense, Aturangi Putere in the midfield and Victor Elikana up the front to dictate the play as we have a young side,” Manuela said.
“We also know that Tupapa will likely bring a strong team lead by the likes of Grover Harmon and Anthony Samuela who we will look to shut down, as these two control the game in terms of tempo and on the counter attack.”
Tupapa Maraerenga’s head coach Tuka Tisam is wary of Avatiu.
“They (Avatiu) have their bad days and they have some pretty good ones, but overall, we will try to play our game. We have been working on a few things in training and we are still finding our form but we will try to execute our plan.”
In the women’s match, Avatiu will face a tough challenge from current top of the table team Tupapa Maraerenga.
However the side will enter the field with some confidence after their draw with last year’s Knockout Cup champions Titikaveka earlier this season.
The Avatiu women will need to bring that same determination and fighting spirit they showed against Titikaveka to upset Tupapa.
Also playing today is Titikaveka and Matavera-Ngatangiia at Teimurimotia Park. The Matavera premier men’s deep field defensive tactic almost worked for them last week against Nikao Sokattak when they went down 1-2. This could be the ideal counter to Titikaveka’s speed and could lead to their first win of the season.
Meanwhile Titikaveka will be looking to further their lead today after they topped the table last week following the win against Avatiu.
Fixtures; Victoria Park, Tupapa: Tupapa Maraerenga FC-Avatiu FC – 12.30pm Under 14 Girls (Ref: Tahiri Elikana, Assist: Teretia Teinaki, Ngametua Taringa), 1.30pm Under 14 Boys (Ref: Robert Savage, Assist: Maara Kaukura, Ua Savage), 2.30pm Senior Women (Ref: Lai Gukisuva, Assist: Tione Nand, Tahiri Elikana), 4pm Premier Men (Ref: Maara Kaukura, Assist: Teretia Teinaki, Robert Savage). Teimurimotia Park, Titikaveka: Titikaveka FC-Matavera FC – 12.30pm Under 14 Girls (Ref: Kura Smith, Assist: Nicky Smith, Eitiare Tangirere), 1.30pm Under 14 Boys (Ref: John Pareanga, Assist: Pierce Iripa, Penina Katuke), 2.30pm Senior Women (Ref: Mata Iroa Assist: Kura Smith, Angelina Mitchell), 4pm Premier Men (Ref: John Pareanga Assist: Tehainnah Tatuava, Pierce Iripa)