Confident Eagles Aim To Overtake Protectors
By Eagles Admin on 4 May 2015
Two points separate Geylang International and Home United as they lock horns at the Jalan Besar Stadium on 8th May 2015 as this week’s ‘live’ televised match.
The Eagles will be in search for their third win of the ‘Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League’ campaign, whilst the Protectors will be looking to return to their winning ways after recent weeks of unfortunate results.
Home United’s title pursuit has taken a dent after their last three matches as they crumbled at the hands of both, Courts Young Lions and Harimau Muda in similar 1-0 defeats, on top of being held to a 0-0 draw with Albirex Niigata (S).
Those dropped points, caused the uniformed outfit to currently sit in sixth place and trail nine points behind the leaders, Albirex Niigata (S).
Thus, Philippe Aw will surely expect no less than three points from the Protectors this time round so that they can regroup and work towards finishing the league strong.
The main question will be whether Danish forward, Ken Ilso be available for the Protectors at Jalan Besar Stadium. The star striker’s absence has been a big blow to Home, as they have not scored a goal in their past three games, despite dominating possession.
Nevertheless, with the likes of experienced Kamel Ramdani and young French starlet, Ambroise Beague, the Protectors will still be a force to be reckoned with. The lethal duo have the capability to torment any defence in the league on their given day alongside the nippy winger, Yasir Hanapi whom will be marauding up and down either flank.
The Eagles on the other hand, are on a high after their most recent 3-1 victory over defending S.League champions, Warriors FC.
Due to an injury, Yazid Yazin was out against the Rhinos, and Geylang handed teenager, Hairul Syirhan a S.League debut start, in between the posts. Unfortunately, due to an injury, the valiant Hairul was eventually substituted out and was replaced by another S.League debutant, Farhan Amin in the 64th minute against Warriors FC.
With all the three custodians having tasted Singapore’s top flight football competition and with their assuring abilities, the club will be ready to throw any of their ‘match-fit’ goalkeepers into the deep end against Home United.
Moving on to the Eagles’ offensive aspect, Jozef Kaplan is currently joint second in the ‘S.League 2015 Top Goalscorer’ table with six goals, whilst Bruno Castanheira has two goals to his name. Both forwards would be looking to add to their individual tallies against the Protectors.
Adding on, the instrumental Japanese playmaker, Tatsuro Inui has yet to get on the score-sheet after nine games. However, the Protectors should be well aware that, his pin-point assists and long range passing abilities has enabled Geylang to score crucial goals and attack with more liberty.
Home United should not only worry about the Eagles’ offensive weapons, because the defensive partnership between Hafiz Osman and Kento Fukuda is blossoming into a formidable collaboration. The rock-solid defensive duo, has promised to go all out to stop the Protectors’ ammunitions from firing on all cylinders.
The last time Eagles played the Protectors, they had a tough time and had to succumb to a 4-1 defeat not once, but on both occasions in 2014. However, this Friday’s fixture should not be the same case again, as both teams are fighting for their respective targets and aspirations.
Home will be looking for maximum points to keep them in the hunt for the title, while Geylang, brimming with confidence, could spring a surprise and overtake Home in the S.League table board.