Stars' boss predicts big battle

King's Lynn team boss Rob Lyon predicts a 'David and Goliath' battle in tonight's champion of champions showdown against Peterborough at the Norfolk Arena.

King's Lynn team boss Rob Lyon predicts a 'David and Goliath' battle in tonight's champion of champions showdown against Peterborough at the Norfolk Arena.

The Stars' 27-match winning streak this season at fortress Saddlebow comes under serious threat from the newly crowned Elite League winners.

Danish Grand Prix top gun and rider-of-the-year nominee Hans Anderson leads a full strength Panthers outfit for the one-off spectacular.

Lynn closed in on a historic grand slam with a big aggregate midweek win over Rye House to set up a Premier League final against Sheffield.


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Lyon insists his treble chasers are happy to be cast as underdogs.

"We've been looking forward to this battle for weeks," he said. "The team is confident we can give the Panthers a run for their money. If we can beat them that will be a major achievement and one we'd savour for a very long time."

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Stars' skipper Tomas Topinka showed no ill effects from his recent hand injury with a smooth four ride maximum display over the Rockets.

"It went really well and that sets me up for this meeting," said the Czech. "I've been so excited about facing Peterborough. Hans will probably be untouchable, but if we contain the rest then we can win.

"Some fans have said, 'take it easy', because we have the grand final coming up. When you get on a bike and put your helmet on you want to win every race and all the boys will be going for it."

Anderson's paid 16 anchored Peterborough's stunning Elite League play-off final fightback against Reading at a packed Showground last week.

The visitors also track Australian stalwart Ryan Sullivan, Polish talent Piotr Swiderski and all action reserve Richard Hall. Jesper B Jensen is expected to feature after a crash during the recent Czech golden helmet meeting won by World Champion Jason Crump.

"It's an awesome team on paper," admitted Stars co-promoter Jonathan Chapman. "This will be such a tough match but I have every confidence in the boys. When I put out this challenge I didn't dream we'd be facing the champions. There's no backing out and the lads know the size of the task. Let's hope we can pack the house out and see one of the most tense meetings for some time."

Chapman is advising supporters to arrive early for the biggest Saddlebow turnout of this record-breaking season.

Admission prices: Adults £14, concessions £10, juniors (aged 12 to 15) £5 with free entry for children aged 11 and under. Season tickets are not valid.

Gates open 6pm, parade 7.30pm.

Stars: 1 Daniel Nermark, 2 Trevor Harding, 3 Troy Batchelor, 4 Kevin Doolan, 5 Tomas Topinka, 6 Chris Mills, 7 John Oliver.

Panthers: 1 Hans Andersen, 2 Piotr Swiderski, 3 Niels Kristian Iversen, 4 Ryan Sullivan, 5 Jesper B Jensen, 6 Richard Hall, 7 Ulrich Ostergaard.

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