The rails have come off the Trinity juggernaut a little over the last month, with the postponement of last Saturday's trip to Cork Con not helping them.
Their luck has seemed to run out in the crucial latter stages of games this season - Dan Van Zyl's last minute penalty saw Clontarf pinch a 14-11 win over them two weeks ago.
Despite scoring four second half tries, Smeeth's charges - currently fourth-from-bottom - ran out 23-22 losers in Ballymena before Christmas, and a late smash-and-grab try from Ross McCarron saw bitter rivals UCD steal a 20-20 draw in the Colours decider in November.
Without a win since October's 20-12 home defeat of Buccaneers, time may be running out for last season's Division Two qualifiers.
Elsewhere, arguably the top flight's form side, Belfast Harlequins are back at Deramore Park to welcome gallant Galwegians - 19-13 losers to UCD last Sunday.
Andre Bester's 'Quins' outfit picked up their fifth win on-the-trot against Lansdowne last time out (13-9), and have yet to concede a try in over 320 minutes of rugby. They welcome back scrum-half Reece Spee from Ulster duty.
Following a deserved slice of good fortune in their 26-14 defeat of Dungannon, second-from-bottom County Carlow travel to Cork Con, without inspirational back row Andy Melville.
They can bank, however, on the form of number 10 Richie Murphy - who has claimed 51 points in their last four games.
Colm Finnerty is an injury doubt for Buccaneers' trip east to Clontarf, but the fast recovering David Connellan and Gareth Halligan should line out at Castle Avenue.
Three tries will see 'Tarf hit an all-time 350 touchdowns - joining the eight clubs who have previously managed the feat.
Blackrock College redeemed themselves in edging former leaders 'Tarf 13-8 last Saturday, and should have enough in reserve - with fullback Conor Kilroy kicking 20 of their most recent 30 points - to see off Dungannon at Stevenson Park.
Richard Stafford is due to replace head injury victim Stephen Ferris at number eight for the home side - who could move seventh with a win.
Ulster back Paddy Wallace will also be visiting his old college - UCD - when attempting to help Ballymena to their first win in three games.
Last season, the Braidmen began their 2003/04 campaign in fine style, defeating the students 34-9 at Eaton Park, with Andy Maxwell, Dirkie Strydom, Andy Munson and Matt Waterhouse all touching down.
A resurgent Garryowen return to Dooradoyle, following last weekend's 27-18 win at Buccs. Paul Cunningham's men take on Lansdowne with centre Ray Niland surely keen to add to his four tries.
Lansdowne - largely reliant so far on Andy Tallon's boot - with the out-half mustering 58 points so far - have only won once on their last ten road trips.
AIB League Fixtures: Saturday, January 29 (kick-off 2.30pm, unless stated)
Belfast Harlequins v Galwegians, Deramore ParkClontarf v Buccaneers, Castle AvenueCork Constitution v County Carlow, Temple Hill
Barnhall v Midleton, ParsonstownMalone v De La Salle Palmerston, Gibson ParkSt Mary's College v Old Belvedere, Templeville RoadTerenure College v Dolphin, LakelandsThomond v Bective Rangers, Fitzgerald ParkUCC v Old Crescent, The Mardyke, 3.15pmUL Bohemian v Young Munster, Thomond Park (2.30pm, Sunday, January 30)Waterpark v Ballynahinch, Ballinakill
Ards v Corinthians, Hamilton ParkConnemara v Ballina, Monastery FieldGreystones v Banbridge, Dr Hickey ParkOld Wesley v Clonakilty, DonnybrookQueen's University v Portadown, Dub LaneSkerries v City of Derry, HolmpatrickSunday's Well v Bruff, Musgrave ParkSuttonians v Instonians, John J MacDowell Park