Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane is delighted with the opportunity for his team to meet Leeds Rhinos in the Magic Weekend after becoming "sick of playing Saints".
The seventh annual two-day extravanganza which brings together all 14 Super League clubs at the same venue comprises largely derby fixtures but organisers have made a notable exception this year.
St Helens have played their arch rivals in five of the previous six Magic Weekends but will this time bring down the curtain on day one at Manchester's Etihad Stadium with a derby against Warrington Wolves.
Organisers have also opted to climax the occasion on Sunday night with a mouth-watering clash between the leaders and the reigning champions and Wane is delighted with their decision.
"To be honest, I got sick of playing Saints," he said. "As much as I love it, it's a nice change to be playing a good Leeds team who will be hurting after two losses."
While Wane's men have won their last 10 matches to reach the last eight of the Challenge Cup and open up a three-point lead in Super League, the Rhinos are reeling from back-to-back defeats which scuppered their double hopes.
They lost to Huddersfield Giants in the Cup and let slip a 16-0 lead against St Helens on Monday to go down to their first league defeat for two months. However, they are still the last team to defeat Wigan.
"I'm expecting a real tough game," Wane said. "I'm not under any illusions. They weren't far off in either game."
Wane was pleased with the Super League debut of 18-year-old scrum-half George Williams in Saturday's 64-6 win over London Broncos but says he will not keep his place for the clash with the Rhinos.
If regular number seven Matty Smith fails to recover in time from a shoulder injury, the coach says he may switch Sam Tomkins from full-back, despite his remarkable scoring run which has brought him 24 tries in his last 10 matches.
"I probably won't risk George in this game," Wane said. "It's going to be a really intense, tough arm wrestle.
"There's a chance Matty Smith might be back or I've got the option of Sam going there and Paddy (Pat Richards) moving to full-back and swapping my outside backs around."
Wane admits that Tomkins is in the form of his life and reveals that his growing influence on the team is not restricted to what he does on the pitch.
"Sam's in a great vein of form at the minute," Wane said. "He's unbelievably competitive.
"What you see in games is exactly how he trains and he speaks up in video meetings now so he's matured into a real good professional."
With more than 65,000 tickets already sold, this year's event is guaranteed to top the aggregate crowd of 63,716 for the Etihad Stadium's Magic Weekend debut in 2012.
The action gets under way at noon on Saturday when London Broncos take on Catalan Dragons, for whom scrum-half Scott Dureau will make his first appearance for eight months following surgery to remove a tumour behind his eye.