And it could be one of the best yet with Thunder aiming to protect their unbeaten run so far this season and Jets have an agenda of their own, as they bid to claim a Superleague semi-final spot.
With so much riding on the match for both sides, a sell-out crowd and the cross-Pennine rivalry adding extra spice, tension will be high at the Thunderdome.
Thunder will hope to improve on a poor performance last time out in the Superleague against Team Bath.
They’ll also need to address their indifferent display when they edged out Jets in Leeds in February.
Black and Yellows centre-courter Beth Cobden, said: “In the last game against Jets we only won by three and “I’m sure they’ll be up for it, they’ll be after us and it is always a hard game against Jets. It’ll be a tough one.”
Jets visit the Thunderdome on the back of a loss to Surrey Storm and will be eager to get back to winning ways, as the three-way battle for that the semi finals places hots up.
With Thunder having already secured a home semi final berth and Storm all but through too, Jets must fight it out with Hertfordshire Mavericks and Team Bath for the other two spots.
Thunder play Jets at 5pm, March 28 at Wright Robinson College, Gorton. The match is sold-out.
Report by Denise Evans