United City FC tries to move one step away from clinching the title while Kaya-Iloilo is determined to keep the race interesting when they face separate rivals on Friday in the Philippines Football League at the PFF National Training Center in Carmona, Cavite.
Eyeing a fourth straight victory, UCFC faces a revved-up Stallion-Laguna at 8 p.m. while Kaya opens another busy day in the league backed by Qatar Airways against the struggling Mendiola FC 1991 at 9 a.m.
The title race seems to be in control of United City after winning all of its first three matches by a combined score 17-0 and Kaya dropping points following a 1-1 tie to Stallion last Tuesday.
UCFC is in front with nine points, two above Kaya which is also unbeaten following two wins and one draw.
Winning their games will turn the United City-Kaya showdown on Monday at the same pitch as a title clincher.
League newcomers Azkals Development Team and Maharlika-Manila lock horns at 4:30 p.m. with the winner gaining ground on third place.
Both clubs are tied at three points apiece, with ADT holding the advantage on goal difference.
ADT is coming off a 2-0 win over Mendiola while Maharlika is out for redemption after being crushed 10-0 by UCFC.