Swindon kick off an important week with a big home Premiership clash against leaders Belle Vue at the Abbey on Monday (7.30pm).

The CFS Filtration Robins have not raced since defeating King’s Lynn ten days ago, but now have the opportunity to close in on the top four over the coming days, as they also visit Peterborough on Thursday.

However, they are expected to face a tough test against an in-form Aces outfit, who have already raced seven home matches and have used them well to build up a six-point lead at the top of the table.

The Manchester side also displayed clear notice of their potential on the road with a thumping 52-38 win at Wolverhampton three weeks ago, and ran up the highest league score of the season when routing Peterborough 62-28 at home last Thursday.

The Aces are led by Australian star Max Fricke, who was close to a sensational Grand Prix victory in Prague at the weekend having topped the leader-board after the qualifying heats, before a brutal move by Leon Madsen ended his hopes in the semi-final.

Experienced Dane Kenneth Bjerre is also in good form this season, whilst at reserve Fricke’s countryman Jaimon Lidsey makes his first Abbey appearance.

Robins are close to full strength with Tobiasz Musielak returning after his shoulder issues of the last month, whilst skipper Jason Doyle finished fourth in Prague.

Boss Alun Rossiter still has to take a final decision over a replacement for Zach Wajtknecht at reserve, but in the meantime Paul Starke gets another opportunity to impress as a guest.

Rossiter said: “I expect this to be a very tough match against a very strong side, but we’re almost at full strength ourselves and it’s time for us to push on as a team.

“The break in fixtures hasn’t been a bad thing with the injuries and issues we’ve had to contend with, and I’m confident we will get the points we need as we catch up on our fixtures, but we don’t want to give ourselves too much to do.

“The boys were all much happier with the track against King’s Lynn, and the hard work there is continuing so we should be in for some more good racing.”

SWINDON: Jason Doyle, Rasmus Jensen, Tobiasz Musielak, Adam Ellis, Troy Batchelor, Ellis Perks, Paul Starke.

BELLE VUE: Max Fricke, Dimitri Berge, Dan Bewley, Steve Worrall, Kenneth Bjerre, Ricky Wells, Jaimon Lidsey.

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