Rarely do the words basement battle, Linfield and Crusaders appear in the same sentence.
The two Belfast giants are more used to fighting it out for supremacy at the top of the Danske Bank Premiership.
But after two weeks of the new season both the Blues and Crues are wedged at the bottom end of the table.
It has been a frustrating start for supporters of the two clubs.
Linfield opened up their account with a decent point away to Portadown, but could only follow up with a 4-2 defeat to champions Cliftonville on Saturday.
One point from a possible six is not the start David Jeffrey craved, especially after an impressive summer of European success for the Big Two giants.
As for Crusaders, Stephen Baxter’s men are still searching for their first points of the season after crashing to defeats against Ballinamallard and Ballymena United respectively.
The lacklustre form has left the two sides playing catch-up on defending champions Cliftonville – a side that has won its opening two games, scoring eight goals in the process.
Crusaders sit 11th in the table – while Linfield sit perched a place above in 10th – with both sides due to meet at Seaview in five days’ time.
An already massive fixture has been ramped up a notch as both clubs go searching for that morale-boosting victory.
True, there are still 36 games to be played.
We are in the mere foetal stage of the 2013/14 season.
But the pressure will be on both clubs to inject some impetus into their campaigns.
It is at times like these that managers can talk about the ‘12th man’ as they look to supporters to rally behind their team.
With Linfield’s fans expected to boycott Saturday’s game at Seaview, there could be a distinct lack of vocal backing for Jeffrey and his players on the Shore Road.
Jeffrey insists the diluted travelling support won’t derail Linfield’s focus – only time will tell whether it will have a negative impact.
It is just one caveat to what will hopefully be another thrilling Irish League spectacle.
The season to date has been a rollercoaster ride – and it looks set to continue.