PLACES in the finals are on the line with one round to go in East Gippsland football.
The equation is simple: two teams will get in, one will miss out.
The situation many people saw coming a few weeks ago will take place as Stratford, Lucknow and Wy Yung all sit equal on points and are desperate to take their seasons into the play-offs.
Up to eight outcomes are possible from games involving the Swans, Magpies and Tigers as wins will be at a premium.
Those teams will also have the heightened anxiety of not knowing exactly what their fate will be until scores from around the grounds are confirmed.
There is a good chance the league website may crash around 5.15pm on Saturday, as just about every person involved in the league will be checking to see just who will be playing where in a week's time.
STRATFORD will need to do what it did last weekend when it toppled ladder leader Boisdale-Briagolong, by repeating the effort against Lindenow.
The Cats went to the top of the table thanks to the Swans' victory, and will stay there if they can stop Stratford from causing Lindenow just its third loss this season.
The Swans will take confidence from their performance last weekend, in what was a hard fought victory over a quality opposition. Although it only won by two points, Stratford was inaccurate in front of goal and could have easily extended the margin had it have been more efficient.
Both sides will have differing motivations as they prepare to run out, with Stratford simply hell bent on winning to make finals, while Lindenow will want to win to keep the Swans out and not run the risk of facing a Stratford side which knows how to win and could potentially hit its straps during the finals.
Stratford will want to put on a good show on its home deck and with a better percentage than Wy Yung and Lucknow, may hold a slight advantage in the mad rush to the finals.
LUCKNOW will host Orbost-Snowy Rovers in what will be a match the Magpies will have to win handsomely to give itself the best chance of breaking into the top four.
Rarely has a game involving Orbost-Snowy Rovers this season carried so many repercussions, but Saturday's clash is pivotal for Lucknow either staying or going in season 2019.
Having hovered at the foot of the top four for most of the season, the Magpies will know if they put enough scoreboard pressure on the Blues in the early stages of the match, they may well be in for a show of boosting their percentage over the required threshold.
Lucknow will need to be ruthless in its execution and will simply need to insure there are limited stoppages so they are fresh enough to repeatedly pump the ball inside 50 to give its forwards as much scoring opportunity as possible.
WY Yung will travel to Lakes Entrance with the same prospect awaiting the Tigers as Lucknow and Stratford.
The Tigers must simply win and by a considerable margin to stake their claim as being worthy participants in this year's finals.
While the Tigers will begin as favourite, the Seagulls will be looking to end a disappointing campaign on a high, and with coach James Gibbs returning to some form, the match will not be a walk in the park for the Tigers.
Having traded places with Stratford for periods throughout the season in third place,
Wy Yung will be hoping its round five loss to Paynesville does not come back to haunt it by the time all final home-andaway positions are finalised Saturday night.
BOISDALE-BRIAGOLONG can finish the season as minor premier if it wins against Paynesville and Stratford defeats Lindenow.
The Bombers will be looking to make sure they have every essence of their game style in touch against the Gulls, in what may be a bit of a non-contest.
The real stuff begins in a fortnight's time for the Bombers, so all wearing the red and black will know there is little point throwing themselves into the contest at full intensity at the risk of getting injured heading into finals.
Boisdale-Briagolong will look to do enough to gain a manageable lead and hope to have the game under control by midway through the third quarter at the latest. Paynesville will just be looking to get through the match in what could only serve as a decider in who wins the club best-and-fairest.