It could be a major toss-up for the second and third positions in the Premier Division of the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) as the current second-place holders Presentation College (San Fernando) is on a bye on Saturday.
The standings at the start of round six of the tournament sees current champions of the League, South Zone Intercol and National Intercol, Naparima College in the top spot on 13 points, a position that could only be over-taken, on goal-difference, by third-place St Anthony's College (10 points), which faces 12th-place Trinity College Moka in Maraval.
Naparima, on the other hand, will be up against sixth-place Pleasantville Secondary, away. Naps enter after a hard-fought 3-2 win against St Augustine while Pleasantville will have to build from the bottom after a 0-1 loss to Carapichaima.
But while the football pundits may predict a victory for the 'Tigers' of St Anthony's this afternoon, Malick Secondary, who is desperate to make an impact that will keep them in the top-flight tournament, will have a tricky test away to Carapichaima.
Carapichaima, known as 'Caps', is one of only three unbeaten teams in the tournament to date, and will not be in a mood to spoil their record particularly at home.
on Friday, Carapichaima manager Ashbert Charles said they will not be taking Malick for granted, saying "We will play them as we play any other team."
The Caps team has been built on a steady defensive structure that will be marshalled by National under-15 central defender Jaron Pascal, and aided by an equally sturdy Brandon St Clair, a player who has been with their programme for the past years and has now matured, Charles said.
According to Charles, "With the steadiness of their defence, it allows our attacking players to express themselves upfront. What we cannot afford to do is drop any points, which will allow us to keep pace with the leaders."
With Malick falling in their last encounter to lowly St Mary's College, the Carapichaima backline could also feature another strong defender in Keilon Burnette, who can also be used in the attack, if coach Nicholas Gopaul requires.
A win for the Central team will take them to 11 points, while Malick (6 points) can only move to nine, where they can be challenged by North Zone giants Queen's Royal College (QRC) and Pleasantville Secondary, both also on six points heading into today's round of matches.
But the Royalians, after a long rest period that was made possible by the passage of Tropical Storm Karen, will be fresh at home when they face a bruised San Juan North Secondary, whose lone consolation win to date, came from lowly Trinity Moka 5-0 on Wednesday.
The Royalians, under coach Nigel Grovesnor, however, will attempt to rebound from a 1-2 loss to the Tigers, and would need the dangerous Nathaniel James, Jahiem Granderson, Miguel Cross and Brian Armstrong to be at their best.
San Juan will be hoping that strikers Renaldo Boyce and Isaiah Chase, who both scored a brace on Wednesday, can lead their team today. All matches begin at 3:30 pm.
Trinity East vs Speyside @Trinity East
Carapichaima vs Malick @Carapichaima
Pleasantville vs Naparima @ Mannie Ramjohn
QRC vs San Juan @ QRC
Trinity Moka vs St Anthony's @ Moka
St Mary's College vs St Augustine @ CIC Grd
East Mucurapo vs St Benedict's @ Fatima