Pro League leaders W Connection will resume their 2018 title tilt against Point Fortin Civic in the second game of a double-header at Ato Boldon Stadium on Sunday.
But second-positioned Central FC (27 points) can first pile the pressure on Couva rivals Connection (30 points) when the “Couva Sharks” take on minnows Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers from 6pm on Friday in the opening match of a double-header at Hasely Crawford Stadium.
Crosstown rivals San Juan Jabloteh and Morvant Caledonia United, a side undefeated in their last seven outings, will tackle each other in the second game at the Mucurapo venue from 8pm.
A win for the Stern John-coached Central can improve the three-time former champions’ chances of a fourth league title and for a CONCACAF qualifier spot – Caribbean Club Championship – with a top-two finish domestically.
Police FC are tied on 27 points with Central with only a +1 goal-difference separating both teams and the “Lawmen” must travel to Larry Gomes Stadium from 3pm on Sunday against cellar-placed North East Stars before facing Morvant Caledonia United and Central FC in their final two matches.
Defence Force FC, Morvant Caledonia and Club Sando are all on 24 points in fourth, fifth and sixth positions respectively and within a mathematical chance of a top-two finish as the competition stretches deep down the ladder.
As for leaders Connection, a side once boasting a seven-point lead, the “Savonetta Boys” have dug themselves a hole with five straight winless outings, including their first league defeat of the campaign by way of a late 0-1 loss against Morvant Caledonia last time out.
That result saw Central join Police three points adrift of the leaders, Connection, who must now end their rot against Civic from 6pm on Sunday at the Couva venue before tackling San Juan Jabloteh and North East Stars in their final two league outings.
“The last [few] games have been difficult,” W Connection assistant coach Earl Jean conceded after his team’s loss against Morvant Caledonia. “[…] we haven’t been scoring our goals and that’s the main problem about it. [But] I think the league is still in our hands, we have three games and they are three games we have to win. If we take our chances we will win those games.”
Also on Sunday, Sando and Defence Force, two teams boasting loads of talent, will lock horns from 4pm at the Ato Boldon Stadium.
See the remaining Pro League 2018 match-ups and current standings below
Pro League 2018
Round Two Match Day Seven
(Friday 23 November)
Central FC vs Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers, 6pm at Hasely Crawford Stadium;
San Juan Jabloteh vs Morvant Caledonia United, 8pm at Hasely Crawford Stadium.
(Sunday 25 November)
Club Sando vs Defence Force FC, 4pm at Ato Boldon Stadium;
W Connection vs Point Fortin Civic, 6pm at Ato Boldon Stadium;
North East Stars vs Police FC, 3pm at Larry Gomes Stadium.
Round Two Match Day Eight
(Dates, venues and times to be confirmed)
Club Sando vs Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers
Morvant Caledonia United vs Police FC
San Juan Jabloteh vs W Connection
Central FC vs Defence Force FC
North East Stars vs Point Fortin Civic
Round Two Match Day Nine
W Connection vs North East Stars
Point Fortin Civic vs Defence Force FC
Morvant Caledonia United vs Club Sando
Central FC vs Police FC
San Juan Jabloteh vs Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers
Pro League 2018 standings
# Team MP W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 W Connection 15 8 6 1 30 7 23 30
2 Central FC 15 8 3 4 35 22 13 27
3 Police FC 15 8 3 4 30 18 12 27
4 Defence Force FC 14 7 3 4 31 16 15 24
5 Morvant Caledonia Utd 15 6 6 3 29 18 11 24
6 Club Sando 14 7 3 4 29 21 8 24
7 San Juan Jabloteh 15 7 2 6 21 20 1 23
8 Point Fortin Civic 15 2 2 11 16 35 -19 8
9 Terminix St. Ann’s Rangers 14 2 1 11 8 50 -42 7
10 North East Stars 12 1 3 8 11 33 -22 6