FORMER Bees skipper Andreas Jonsson makes his Brandon return in Coventry's Bank Holiday Monday clash with Arena Essex-Lakeside (8pm).
Swedish star Jonsson has struggled with shoulder injuries ever since agreeing his mid-season deal to join the Hammers, but came through the Latvian Grand Prix on Saturday and has been declared at No.1 in the Lakeside line-up.
With fast-rising Pole Krzysztof Kasprzak also in opposition, Bees will need to be on top form once again to extend their winning run to eleven Elite League matches and keep the pressure on leaders Swindon.
Both sides will be operating the rider replacement facility as Coventry continue to be without Olly Allen, and the Hammers are missing another ex-Bees man, Joonas Kylmakorpi. Both riders have also been suffering with shoulder injuries.
Bees co-boss Peter Oakes said: "I think we’re now guaranteed a place in the play-offs, but we now have to take the next step, which has to be to finish in the top two. The next target after that is to hopefully finish top.
"There’s no-one in the Coventry camp who will be taking anyone for granted, and have any view other than it being a tough match. All riders in this League are good, and they are all capable of winning races."
Please note that the meeting is NOT being televised by Sky Sports, as had been initially scheduled, and the action starts at the usual time of 8pm.
BUILDBASE BEES: Scott Nicholls, Olly Allen r/r, Rory Schlein, Martin Smolinski, Chris Harris, Billy Janniro, Steve Johnston.
ARENA ESSEX-LAKESIDE: Andreas Jonsson, Joonas Kylmakorpi r/r, Krzysztof Kasprzak, Leigh Lanham, Adam Shields, Ricky Kling, Lubos Tomicek.