Horndean will aim to put the shackles on Moneyfields’ in-form strikeforce in their mouthwatering Wessex League premier division derby at Five Heads Park (3pm).
The Copnor club have scored 12 goals in their past two games, with Steve Hutchings regaining his impressive early-season form and Jamie Hore contributing five goals.
The Deans, though, possess one of the meanest defences in the league and a close-fought encounter is on the cards.
The key to Moneyfields’ success or failure could rest with Hutchings and how he deals with the demands of the derby.
There is no doubt Hutchings is a talented striker, but he also has the habit of getting himself into trouble and is the only player in Hampshire to pick up 10 bookings already this season.
‘When he is on his game he is a real handful,’ said manager Miles Rutherford.
‘Aggression is part of his game and we wouldn’t want to remove it altogether.
‘He has got to learn when to keep a cool head and calm down a little.
‘Lately, he has managed to remain focused on his game and not allowed himself to get involved with the opposition.’
The visit to Horndean is the first of three successive derbies for Moneyfields, with games against Fareham and Hayling United following suit.
‘It would be nice to come away unbeaten from the three games,’ said Rutherford.
‘Our focus at the moment is on Horndean and it is never an easy place to go.
‘They have done well and have a lot of good players in their squad.’
Jake Slater is still ruled out by illness so Rutherford goes with the same squad who hammered Alresford 7-2 in the league cup in midweek.
The home side are back to near full strength after a scratch side lost in the cup at Newport IOW during the week.
‘We are still looking for our first home win in the league and need the three points to keep climbing the table,’ said Horndean boss Dave Carter.
Striker Tor Spicer came through 80 minutes unscathed in midweek, and Bryn McKie, Dan Martin, Gary Luff, Aaron Fennemore, Dan Smith and Gary Austin all return.
Horndean: Howard, Luff, Perkins, Chatfield, Chapman, Smith, Paxton, McKie, Martin, Warren, Hayes, Spicer, Bell, Blackmore, Fennemore, Austin.
Moneyfields: Hook, Evans, Wain, Horrell, Rackley, Savage, N’Doye, Middleton, Gauntlett, Hore, Bailey, Hutchings, Gregory, Boyle, Lee, Gee.
n Hayling United have Jack Salter-Vaile back to bolster their defence for the visit to top-six side Romsey Town.
‘We have picked up points against other top sides recently and must aim to do the same again,’ said Humbugs manager Lee Paul.
‘The lads have produced their better performances against the better teams and have shown they can do it.
‘It would be nice to pick up a second win of the season but know it won’t be easy.’
Goalkeeper Lloyd Patilla and defender Darren Watts are both absent.
Hayling United: Vince, Salter-Vaile, Thornton, Greenway, Tigwell, Case, Bishop, Black, Kinton, Clements, Burney, Baker, Gain, Fisher.
n Fareham visit New Forest strugglers New Milton Town.