The Elite League play-offs start on Wednesday on Sky Sports
Last Updated: 21/09/16 8:41pm
The Elite League play-offs begin this Wednesday and you can watch every heat from both meetings, live on Sky Sports.
Poole Pirates will continue their pursuit of a fourth straight title when they face Wolverhampton Wolves this week, while on the same night, Lakeside Hammers take on Belle Vue Aces.
You will not miss a minute of the high octane action as the Sky Sports cameras cover all 30 heats, switching between both meetings to cover each heat, so viewers can capture all the excitement as the play-off battle heats up.
Sky Sports will offer the same comprehensive coverage for the second legs and Nigel Pearson has analysed Poole Pirates against Wolverhampton, while fellow Speedway expert Chris Louis gives his verdict on Lakeside against Belle Vue.
Nigel Pearson: Poole Pirates v Wolverhampton Wolves
I had Poole down as certain champions at the start of the season, but they were pipped to top spot ahead of the play-offs by Belle Vue.
Both clubs have strengthened up - and in a big way. Antonio Lindback is a Grand Prix winner and has replaced Hans Andersen at Poole, while Wolves only went out and brought in the world champion, Tai Woffinden, a month ago!
Poole have to go for the jugular with home advantage.
It's a tough one to call over two legs because they've beaten each other this season. If Wolves keep it close in the first leg, they will have a great chance. If not, it's Poole's to lose.
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Lindback's arrival at Poole could be just the spark they need ahead of the business end of the season. He is a class act and his performances at world championship level have deserved more points.
Tai Woffinden has returned to Wolverhampton and done a steady job. I expect him to score well because new averages mean he's outside the top three. That puts pressure on Jacob Thorssell to deliver, so Woffinden needs a big score. He's still the world champion, remember!
Poole have to go for the jugular with home advantage. They have to hit Wolves hard early on and put them on the ropes. They look stronger in the reserve spots and Heats two and 12, therefore, could be vital for them.
As for Wolves, they need to avoid last places to take it back to Monmore for the decider on Monday. If you're sat in second or third, don't try and be a hero, defend what you have.
Chris Louis: Lakeside Hammers v Belle Vue Aces
Lakeside have been rocked by the recent injury to their top man Andreas Jonsson, but with the Hammers boss Jon Cook describing their recent victory against Swindon as "best form of the year" they go into the first leg of this semi-final in confident mood.
Belle Vue's recent three point loss was a much improved performance at the Arena Essex Raceway so the pressure is on the home side.
Their choice of guest to lead them at No 1 will be vital and they will need to rely on strength in depth to build up what will be a necessary lead to take to the National Speedway Stadium on Monday.
The Hammers will be looking for big performances from their middle order men Richard Lawson and Lewis Bridger. Belle Vue's recent three point loss was a much improved performance at the Arena Essex Raceway, so the pressure is on the home side.
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I would say Edward Kennett has a vital role to play for Lakeside. He had to wait until mid-season to get a regular run in the side, but has grabbed his opportunity with both hands and is particularly strong at home.
For the Aces, both Steve Worrall (17 & 6) and Craig Cook (2 & 12) have been hugely inconsistent in this year's visits to Essex so Aces boss Mark Lemon knows they can do it, but how will they go on the big occasion?
Having Lewis Kerr at reserve could be a trump card for the home side and with Belle Vue's Joe Jacobs failing to score on both of his visits to Lakeside this season, the home side will look to dominate heats two and 12. Don't underestimate Joe Jacobs though, he could prove a meeting winner!
Watch every heat from both of Wednesday's Elite League play-offs, starting at 7.30pm on Sky Sports 4.