AFTER a string of draws, Bluebirds coach Ricky Zimitat is hoping his squad can lock in a win when they clash with Central at Sun Valley Oval tonight.
Sitting in a comfortable fourth on the ladder, Bluebirds will go up against an always strong Central in round 11 of the Central Queensland Premier League soccer competition.
Despite being under strength due to players having other commitments, Bluebirds coach Zimitat is confident his squad can put on a strong performance when they hit the park from 7pm.
"We have a team on paper but we're not at full strength, we have a few players out with work commitments and other things," Zimitat said.
Zimitat said he expected a tough battle from Central in the vital clash which could see Bluebirds move into the top three in the contest.
"It's an important win for us; if we take the win we'll be six points clear of fifth," he said.
"It's going to be a tough game and they will play for the full 90 minutes, it's always been very close between us in the past and Central is always strong at home so it'll capitalise on the home ground advantage."
In other games around the region, Emerald Eagles take on Southside United at Emerald from 4pm today while Clinton clashes with Capricorn Coast at Clinton, Berserker go head-to-head with ladder leaders Frenchville at Elizabeth Park.
And Nerimbera hosts CQFC Energy at Pilbeam Park and all games kick off from 7pm.
CQ Premier League: 4pm, Emerald Eagles v Southside United, at Emerald; 7pm, Clinton v Capricorn Coast, at Clinton; 7pm, Berserker v Frenchville, at Elizabeth Park; 7pm, Nerimbera v CQFC Energy, at Pilbeam Park; 7pm, Central v Bluebirds, at Sun Valley Oval.
CQFC Energy 13
Cap Coast 3