On paper there is not much to separate these two teams in terms of quality, but the Stags clearly have form and momentum on their side. They played and comprehensively beat the Kings last weekend which will give them big confidence coming into this reverse fixture at home.
These two teams met last weekend and it was rain that seemingly saved the Volts as the Aces had smashed 117 from their first 11 overs with the loss of just one wicket.
This match promises to be a cracker and the fact that so many international players are available only adds to the intrigue. The Aces have a formidable squad of players at their disposal when their international players like Guptill, Munro and Ferguson are available, while the Firebirds can only add Neesham to their squad.
Bottom-club Canterbury Kings welcome the leaders Northern Knights, and both teams can welcome back some key players. Unfortunately for the hosts, the Knights have far more depth and quality as they can boast virtually an entire team full of internationals.
Northern Knights have been the standout team so far in the Super Smash having won four of their five matches but this will be a tough test. They have lost so many of their key players like Sodhi, Santner, Devcich, Kuggeleijn and Jordan and they will find it hard to replace them.
The Central Stags have made an extremely slow start to the Super Smash despite possessing plenty of quality in their ranks including several internationals. They will be boosted by the inclusion of New Zealand international spinner Aljaz Patel who should make an impact, and they will look to get back to winning ways.
The defending champions Northern Knights showed all their credentials once again in the opening match as they hammered the Firebirds at the weekend and will be confident of another win here.