ANDY Preece is expecting a backlash when his Wingmakers return to Bangor City's Nantporth for the second time in two weeks tonight (Friday) for a Welsh Premier fixture.
Airbus triumphed 2-0 in a Welsh Cup clash on their last visit and Preece told the Flintshire Chronicle: "They're going to be fired up, they won't want to lose at home to us again.
"The Welsh Cup is their own competition so they'll want revenge."
Second-placed Airbus are currently 12 points clear of their rivals in the race for a Europa League spot and Preece added:
"It's an important game for both sides but, if we go and get a positive result, that will maintain the gap.
"We look on them as our biggest rivals for getting into Europe, bearing in mind Nev (Powell) has done it time and time again.
"At the start of the season you'd probably say it's easier to win the cup than to finish second in the table, but the position we're in now the league is most important and has to be our priority."
Although Preece says he has the utmost respect for Bangor and opposite number Powell, he admits there will be no love lost on Valentine's Day.
"There will be a bit of needle because it's a big game, but you have to have that and I think the league needs more of it.
"I'll get some stick but I love going to Bangor.
"It's proper football, a proper crowd and a proper atmosphere, it's how it should be."
Glenn Rule, who faces an operation next week, continues to be ruled out for Airbus while new signing Jack Cudworth is set to start with the gloves for City after signing from Nantwich Town.