Eagles boss Trevor Geer believes they remain the team to beat, despite the Elite League reinstatements of Peterborough Panthers and reigning champions Coventry Bees.
They bump the number of teams up to 10 and their returns bring to an end months of wrangles which beset the off-season. It will give the other eight clubs a headache when it comes to rearranging their fixtures, but Geer believes it is worth the hassle.
He said, “I am certainly pleased to have them back, it is what we wanted all along. We need them in, they are top clubs and it is the Elite League.”
He added, “I still think we are the team to beat.”
The Eagles flew to the top of the table on Monday night with a 45-44 win at Belle Vue, three days after swatting away the Birmingham Brummies at Arlington.
They face two more stern tests this weekend; Poole Pirates visit Sussex on Saturday (7.30pm) before a trip to Wolverhampton on Monday.
Geer’s side have beaten the Pirates once already this campaign – in a challenge match on the eve of the new season - and the manager knows they can do it again.
“We don’t want to drop any points at home this year. I am sure it will be a good meeting.
“We’re hoping for a good crowd. We have got confidence in the team, we’re really pleased with everyone.”
Eagles: Pedersen, Dryml, Gustafsson, Woodward (captain), Kylmakorpi, Bridger.