Freemount are well positioned, 7 points from 4 starts. Banteer hold 5 points with Kilbrin and Millstreet on four points each followed by both Tullylease and Newmarket possessing two each.
Match of the weekend is the surely the clash of Kilbrin and Banteer in Kilbrin on Friday in a meeting that will throw light on the form of the two formidable sides expected to figure in the knockout phase.
Of course, the pair have served up some terrific battles in recent times none more so than during 2012.
Banteer completed back to back league titles yet in the championship, their hopes were dashed on a dramatic late winner for Kilbrin.
Expect another ding-dong struggle where both sides bring the best out of each other.
Freemount welcome Castlemagner, a home win would rubberstamp Freemount's place in a semi final. That's ahead of a meeting against Tullylease on Wednesday night where the latter will require a victory to retain an interest.