Last Updated: 21/04/17 10:22am
Vicki Oyesola (right) and Loughborough Lightning travel to Manchester to take on the Thunder this weekend
Red hot Manchester Thunder host the 100 per cent Loughborough Lightning in the highlight of Vitality Superleague Week 11.
As the season enters its second half there is no doubting where all eyes will be focused over the weekend, as the Thunderdome plays hosts to the competition’s two most in-form teams.
Loughborough maintained their perfect start to the season with victory over Team Bath on Monday night in front of the Sky Sports cameras making it 10 wins from their opening 10 games.
With 30 points, Lightning sit six points clear of the field following their spellbinding start but they could hardly have picked tougher opponents.
Having begun the season with back-to-back defeats Thunder have turned things around and gone on an eight-match winning streak that including a thrilling contest against Sirens last week.
Karen Greig’s youthful team needed extra-time to win in Glasgow on Easter Monday and it remains to be seen how much that has taken out of them as they host the leaders, but having risen to third in the table they will be keen to keep the momentum going.
Saturday’s other matches include Team Bath aiming to stop a run of four straight defeats against a Celtic Dragons team chasing their first away win of the season.
Hertfordshire Mavericks travel to Team Northumbria chasing a third win from their last four matches that has given them hope of reaching the top four and Finals weekend in June.
Week 11 concludes on Monday night on Sky Sports Mix when the Severn Stars, fresh from a third win of the season, host defending champions Surrey Storm, who ended a run of three successive defeats with victory over Team Northumbria on Monday.
Natalie Haythornthwaite (left) and Wasps are chasing a fifth successive win having risen to second in the table
On Sunday second-placed Wasps hosts Sirens in a repeat of their first meeting in week one as both teams began life as Superleague franchises.
Wasps won that day but Sirens are more than capable of revenge having already beaten Surrey this season, and they have shown what they are capable of.
Injuries have hit the Scottish franchise hard over the last few weeks but Wasps director of netball Tamsin Greenway is well aware of the threat Gail Parata’s team pose.
Sirens will be out for revenge after defeat to Wasps in the opening week of the season
“Sirens are one of the teams hunting the top four right now, they have beaten some top teams this season so we will need to be at the top of our game,” Greenway said.
“The team is very confident right now, we are in a good run of form and with the gap building between the rest of the pack and the top four, it’s down to us to cement our top four spot.
Saturday Team Bath v Celtic Dragons 5pm Manchester Thunder v Loughborough Lightining 5pm Team Northumbria v Herts Mavericks 6pm Sunday Wasps v Sirens 2pm Monday Severn Stars v Surrey Storm 7.30pm (Sky Sports Mix)
You can follow the action on Sky Sports Mix on Monday night from 7.15pm when Severn Stars host Surrey Storm