PREMIERSHIP favourite Sea Lake-Nandaly Tigers will take on Beulah tomorrow in the highly-anticipated second semi-final at Underbool.
The Tigers won the minor premiership and the right to Mallee Football League flag-favouritism with a comprehensive thrashing of the second-placed Blues at Sea Lake two weeks ago.
Both sides have the utmost respect for each other and will be desperate for a pathway straight into the grand final at Ouyen in two weeks' time.
Beulah has beaten Sea Lake-Nandaly twice this season but it is the Tigers who will be favourites after their big win in the final home and away game of the 2013 season.
The Tigers will field their strongest team for the year and will leave nothing in the tank as they try to make their third grand final in a row and fourth in five years.
A barometer to the outcome of the game will be the performance of the two key forwards Tiger Cliff Ryan and Blue Dennis Redden.
Ryan finished second on the goal-kicking table, while Redden came fourth.
It is the depth of the Tigers' forward line that puts them ahead.
Simon Weekley, Matt Elliott, Nathan Wight and Andy Roberts are all capable of kicking multiple goals.
Blues defenders Sam Martin and Andrew Bell will most likely get the tasks on Weekley and Ryan.
Redden, who Beulah relies heavily on in its forward half, will need to have a big game. He will likely match up on Luke Martin.
The battle of the midfield will be a key to the game.
Match-ups include Dan McEwan against Steph Saunders, brothers Micah and Callum Buchanan versus Wes Harrison, Jason Collins and Darcy Ryan, and Col Durie and Scott Smith fronting up for yet another tilt at a flag.
Beulah's Tim McIntosh has been in great form on the wing and could prove to be the difference in this game.
His long, straight kick regularly puts Beulah deep inside its 50-metre arc.
Brad Shannon and Kim Hallam could possibly return for the Blues their experience and skills will be invaluable in the frantic pace of finals football.
After the earlier games this season, you would expect this to be a close and tough encounter.
But the Tigers' previous win was so comprehensive that they deserve to be clear favourites.
Expect a tough game early but Sea Lake-Nandaly Tigers, whose previous win was so comprehensive, will go straight through to the 2013 Mallee Football League grand final.