There could be one or two calculators at the ready this weekend as the Premier Division title race heads into its final throes.

Leaders Bready host Coleraine on Saturday knowing that a maximum-bonus (25 point) win would knock both the Bannsiders and Brigade out of contention and all but tie the ribbon on the league trophy.

A win of any sort in that game would pretty much seal Davy Scanlon's side's first senior championship however it would leave them needing to secure the handful of points necessary in one of their final two matches.

Coincidentally the first of those is at Beechgrove on Sunday but while Bready could win the title with two wins this weekend, a couple of defeats would turn things upside down.

Brigade have given themselves a slim chance of adding the league title to their senior cup win after picking up back-to- back victories last weekend and two more for them this time could make things interesting.

Strabane and Coleraine are the other two teams still in contention so Scott Campbell's team will have plenty of incentive of their own when they visit Magheramason.

The Bannsiders are likely to be at full strength for the first time in a while too, with the exception of Varun Chopra who is out for the season with a shoulder injury. Skipper Campbell returns after serving a one-match ban while Tim Chopra, Rishi Chopra and Marcus Poskitt should all play.

It could be an interesting competition between the visitors' potent attack and the league leaders' top order- which has struggled more than once in recent weeks and had to be bailed out by their lower half.

If Bready survive the early threat of Graham Hume and company they will be well on their way to those high-value points, however they can ill-afford to keep putting pressure on their bowlers.

Scanlon's men have been the most consistent team in the division this summer and that league win would be a fitting reward for their efforts, but Bready will get nothing for free in the run-in.

Brigade can keep their fire burning with a win at the Bleachgreen although the home side have more than enough to play for as well given their plight at the bottom of the table.

The visitors are known to be very unhappy at the suspension of Johnny Thompson for this one- the all-rounder having fallen foul of the Disciplinary Committee in a recent game at Donemana.

Thompson was reported for two Level 1 offences which equates to a Level 2 and thereby required an actual Disciplinary Committee meeting.

That partly answered Brigade's enquiry as to how Scott Campbell had been banned last weekend when his offence occurred long after Thompson's (Campbell's was a Level 1 and didn't require a meeting), however the Waterside club remained bemused about the timing of the ban.

In normal circumstances a disciplinary ban rules a player out from the date of the hearing, however despite this one being held on Friday, "JT" was permitted to play against both Fox Lodge and Eglinton last weekend with his sanction kicking in after that.

Quite rightly, Ardmore won't mind Thompson sitting watching from the sidelines in this one and the hosts will be hoping to build on a huge win at Eglinton last time out.

Given their quality it is strange to see Gary Neely's men propping up the table with three games to go. They have relied heavily on runs from Decker Curry, Steve Lazars and more recently Azeem Ghumman to try to steer themselves away from trouble although Paul McDowell has done a decent job at the top of their order as well.

It's a must-win game for both sides for differing reasons but despite the Thompson saga, the visitors are still marginal favourites.

Strabane go to Eglinton on Saturday with the home side still far from safe themselves. Their two matches since the cup final have been instantly forgettable for a team many thought would be contesting the title race this summer.

Stuart Thompson's absence has been really noticeable in those games and stand-in skipper Ross Allen has a job on his hands to find the form to move them away from the danger zone.

Allen, Mike Erlank and the rest can ill-afford many more afternoons like last Saturday's mauling at home to Ardmore and they won't find much sympathy from Tommy Barr's men.

The Red Caps were in a decent position at home to Bready last week but just as was the case in Coleraine earlier in the year they were unable to keep hold of their advantage.

Despite that it has been a fantastic summer for Strabane and they will be brimful of confidence heading to the village.

Donemana will be big favourites as they go to Fox Lodge but the home side really do have plenty to play for as the gap has narrowed considerably between them and Ardmore for the automatic relegation place.

Brian Allen's team has been in free-fall for the past month and with a trip to the Bleachgreen to come after this, the skipper would dearly love to nick something.

It's a tall order against the outgoing champions who will be keen to close out a disappointing season with at least a place in the top half of the table.

And so to Sunday's game between Brigade and Bready, brought forward as both grounds will be in use next weekend for the All-Ireland T20 finals.

Obviously, much will depend on events the previous day, however if it does turn out to be a meaningful contest then what an afternoon will be in store for the local public.

All in all it looks set to be another fascinating weekend in what has been a very strange Premiership season. All eyes will now be on Magheramason to see if the current leaders can finally land that sought-after title.