Swindon need to keep their home run going when they host King’s Lynn in a vital Premiership clash at the Abbey on Thursday (7.30pm).
The CFS Filtration Robins have won their last four matches on their own circuit, including a big victory over the Stars last month to book their place in the Supporters’ Cup Final.
However, the Norfolk side have been boosted since then by the return of German star Erik Riss, who had been out with a broken collarbone, and it is clear from the league table that the two sides are currently direct rivals for a play-off place.
Indeed, a win for the Robins on Thursday could see them move into the top four should Peterborough slip up at home to Wolverhampton.
Robins hand a debut to Danish racer Claus Vissing, who lines up with Ellis Perks at reserve having joined the club as a replacement for the injured Stefan Nielsen.
The Stars have not scored on the road since early May, but are always likely to offer a threat with their all-star Great Britain top two of Robert Lambert and Craig Cook, who took them close to a league point at Poole last week virtually on their own.
Rider-replacement will be in operation for the visitors as Thomas Jorgensen is on the sidelines with a shoulder injury.
And with a high level of entertainment in last week’s thriller against Ipswich, with blasts from the back by the likes of Rasmus Jensen, Adam Ellis and skipper Jason Doyle in a memorable Heat 15, boss Alun Rossiter is looking for more of the same – albeit with a more convincing home win!
Rossiter said: “It will be another tough meeting and I wouldn’t read too much into the score last time they were here. They are another team who look stronger this time around.
“I’m pleased to bring Claus in, he’s an experienced, aggressive rider who should be able to score six or seven points in this league, and it will also help him to have another Dane in the side in Rasmus (Jensen).
“We have done more track work, it made for some fantastic racing last week against Ipswich and they’ve had another good couple of days on it this week so there’s no reason why it won’t keep improving every week.”
SWINDON: Jason Doyle, David Bellego, Rasmus Jensen, Adam Ellis, Troy Batchelor, Ellis Perks, Claus Vissing.
KING’S LYNN: Robert Lambert, Michael Palm Toft, Erik Riss, Thomas Jorgensen R/R, Craig Cook, Lewis Kerr, Simon Lambert.