Improving Wakefield Trinity Wildcats are seeking a fourth consecutive Super League win for the first time in three years.
Ordinarily, heading to Leeds Rhinos would not offer much hope of extending that run.
However, the champions’ loss of form, allied to Leeds also having 10 players on international duty, has encouraged many followers to think Monday night could see a rare Headingley success.
Trinity coach Richard Agar is a little more cautious with his predictions.
“The plan is to continue our run but there is a pretty big job in front of us,” he said.
“I know people are subscribing to the fact it could be a good time to play Leeds but I am not too sure about that.
“I feel we are going to play a team that are on the back end of fairly big defeats by their standards and they will certainly be wanting to banish a few doubts and criticisms that have come their way.
“Nonetheless, we are going to Headingley on the back of three wins and feeling okay about ourselves and the way we are going.”
Indeed, Wakefield showed their fighting spirit by overcoming a 30-10 deficit to beat Hull FC 32-30 on Sunday.
It followed victories against London Broncos and Castleford Tigers to leave their faint play-off hopes alive.
Agar continued: “I have been keen to stress throughout the year that our team spirit has been very good with our confidence just taking a little dent here and there.
“They have been a really good group to work with and sometimes we have just come up against teams that sometimes just have a little more talent and the gulf has sometimes shown.
“Very seldom this year could we be accused of not giving it our best shot and lacking commitment because that would not be fair on the boys.”
Wakefield, meanwhile, hope to receive Government confirmation on Tuesday that they will finally get the go-ahead for a new stadium at Newmarket.