Visiting team Puaikura will go into this match without midfield leader Anthony Samuela, who received a one game suspension after picking up his third yellow card for the season last week.
Defending champions Puaikura may have the bigger point to prove after their shaky performance to date, and will look to pick up back-to-back wins for the final stretch of the round cup competition.
As they have proven over and over again, Puaikura are among the competition’s best in exploiting open space, and Paavo Mustonen, Kimiora Samuela and Dwayne Tiputoa will seize upon any openings Takuvaine leave when the game is stretched.
However, Takuvaine is a formidable side.
Physically challenging and combined with skills and endurance, it can really test their opponents.
Both sides are famed for their defensive capabilities, so it will be interesting to see which can open the other up in the attacking third.
Three crucial points could be on the way in Puaikura’s bid to make a serious stand in second place.
It will be a critical game for Takuvaine, which would look to win to stay in the reckoning.
So on paper at least, the two sides are packed with brilliant players and any one of them could tip the balance in their team’s favour.
It promises to be fascinating, with fine margins making the difference.
Week in week out, the fixtures become more and more important.
With three games left to play in the Round Cup competition, each meeting has to be treated as a final.
At the Takitumu School grounds in Matavera, Titikaveka will square off with Matavera which promises to produce some exciting football action.
And in the match-up between two of Rarotonga’s Round cup senior women’s top teams, Nikao Sokattak and Tupapa Maraerenga battled to a 0-0 draw on Thursday afternoon at the Nikao Sports field.
There were a lot of tired, sore bodies on both sides of the pitch as both teams fought hard for a result.
Tupapa Maraerenga had good patches of play, but these were countered by Nikao Sokattak, who caught Tupapa Maraerenga out a couple of times.
A 0-0 draw was enough for the home team to maintain its top place with a one-point difference.
Titikaveka will be eager to have their shot at the current number one team to improve their chances of winning the Round Cup Competition title for 2017.
At this stage anything can happen in The Islander Senior Women Championship between the top three teams, and only a win in the remaining games can confirm their position on the points table.
In the Under 14 Boys division match up also played on Thursday afternoon.
Tupapa Maraerenga are now the confirmed Round Cup Competition winners after earning the maximum points in their encounter with Nikao Sokattak.
The score was tight and ended with a 2-1 score-line.
- CIFA Media
Matavera FC vs Titikaveka FC at Takitumu School, Matavera: 12.30pm - U14 Girls (Ref: Amnish Prasad, Assistants: Dora Iripa, Lai Gukisuva), 1.30pm - U14 Boys (Ref: Robert Savage, Assistants: Moeroa Harmon, Emilie Pierce), 2.30pm - Senior Women (Ref: Lai Gukisuva, Assistants: Emilie Pierce, Pierce Iripa), 4.00pm - Premier Men ( Ref: Robert Savage, Assistants: Moeroa Harmon, Lai Gukisuva) Takuvaine FC vs Puaikura FC at Takuvaine Valley: 1.30pm - U14 Boys (Ref: Noel Mani, Assistants: Mata Iroa, Dawn Bryson), 2.30pm - Senior Women (Ref: Mata Iroa, Assistants: Noel Mani, Kataraina Piri), 4.00pm - Premier Men (Ref: Tupou Patia, Assistants: Amnish Prasad, Maara Kaukura).