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Swifts looking to go four from four against Premiers Lightning

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It's shaping up to be a huge clash between the NSW Swifts and two-time Premiers Sunshine Coast Lightning in Round 4 of Suncorp Super Netball 2019 on Saturday (1pm).

With the Swifts undefeated and sitting in second place on the ladder, and the Lightning's new combinations clicking early, fans and commentators alike are expecting one of the games of the season.

The Lightning reached a Super Netball record 80 goals in Round 2 against Fever, and the Swifts did the exact same thing against the West Australians last week meaning all-out attack is likely to be the order of the day at Sydney Olympic Park's Quaycentre.

The Swifts have home advantage for the third week in a row but can they keep the undefeated run going?

Head Coach Briony Akle is feeling confident, but is under no illusions of the challenge that lies ahead.

"We've enjoyed three successful games so far but we know what's coming against Lightning so for us it's been a big week at training," she says.

"I was very pleased with how we managed to overcome our stumble against the Fever... I don't think we'd have come back and won that game last year so we are learning how to win week by week.

"Being at home for the first four rounds has been a blessing for us, we got the home crowd support and we have to capitalise on that this week because we know the challenge that's coming."

The game will be broadcast live on Channel 9 and the Telstra's Netball LIVE App from 1pm.

Round 4 Match Notes

When the teams last met in Round 13 last season the Lightning defeated the Swifts 61-51.

The Lightning have won three of the four previous meetings between the teams.

The Swifts' only win over the Lightning was a 59-56 victory in Round 7 last season.

The Swifts are coming off an 80-66 victory over the Fever in Round 3 in Sydney.

The Swifts have won their opening three matches and sit in second place with 22 points which includes 10 bonus points for winning 10 of their 12 quarters played so far in 2019.

The Lightning are coming off a 71-56 victory over the Firebirds in Round 3.

The Lightning have a record of two wins, a loss and eight bonus points to sit in third place on the ladder after three rounds.

The Swifts have best attacking record in the competition scoring 68 goals per match.

They also have the best team shooting accuracy at 91%, while they have the third best defensive record conceding 55 goals per match.

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