The Devils completed a league double over their West Country rivals last season and team manager Lee Trigger admits that Somerset will be looking to reverse those results in this week’s clashes with Plymouth travelling to the Oaktree Arena on Friday evening – 24 hours before the return match at Plymouth.
Trigger says: “Somerset are very strong opponents and they will be up for the meetings against us after we did the double on them last year.
“We will have our full team of seven riders on duty and they should be full of confidence after the home win over Rye House last Friday.”
Somerset handed Plymouth a 60-30 hammering in the League Cup at the St Boniface Arena earlier this season and the Rebels will be looking to secure a double over Plymouth to boost their chances of finishing in the top two in the table, especially after an away win over main rivals Glasgow on Sunday.
Somerset manager Garry May said: “It goes without saying that we will be looking to get maximum points from these two matches. There is nothing Plymouth would like more than to get one over us, so I think the fans will have two cracking matches to enjoy.”
While Plymouth will be at full strength, Somerset continue to be without their injured reserve Zach Wajtknecht and will use a guest replacement for the Bristolian.
The Rebels will be spearheaded by Australian duo Josh Grajczonek and Rohan Tungate with support from Charles Wright, former Plymouth rider Paul Starke and Australian Jake Allen.
At reserve, in addition to a guest, will be Bradley Wilson-Dean the New Zealand under-21 champion in 2014 and 2015.
Plymouth: Jack Holder, Steve Boxall, Stefan Nielsen, Todd Kurtz, Kyle Newman. Reserves: Sam Simota, Ellis Perks.
Somerset: Josh Grajczonek, Jake Allen, Charles Wright, Paul Starke, Rohan Tungate. Reserves: Bradley Wilson Dean, guest for Zach Wajtknecht.