Geylang International FC

Eagles All Set To Get Campaign Back On Track

11541998_1104922222855605_1385869065744256704_nGeylang International will be gunning for three points to get their season back on track when they face Albirex Niigata (S) at Jurong East Stadium, on Monday evening.

Earlier this season, both the Eagles and the White Swans have played each other twice in the S.League and once in The New Paper League Cup, with Albirex emerging victorious in all three outings.

Both teams are currently facing a rough patch as they have been struggling to find form in their recent matches.

Albirex have slipped up in the title race as the White Swans have not registered a win in their past five matches and are currently 13 points behind league leaders, Brunei DPMM, although having two games in hand.

On the other hand, Geylang are still rooted to the bottom of the S.League table with 17 points from 21 matches. In their previous match week, the Eagles suffered a painful 4-1 defeat at the hands of ‘Eastern Derby’ rivals, Tampines Rovers.

Despite playing their third fixture in the space of ten days, the Bedok-based club will be looking forward to cause an upset against their Japanese counterparts

With a full squad available for selection without any major injury concerns or suspensions, Coach Jorg Steinebrunner would be looking to deploy a strong and tactical side to breakdown the White Swans, at their back yard.

Bruno Castanheira will partner the Eagles’ skipper, Jozef Kaplan upfront again, to spearhead Geylang’s offense. Throughout the season, Castanheira, has found the new six times and has set a personal target of 10 goals before the season concludes. Buoyed with his hat-trick performance against Courts Young Lions, earlier this month, the Eagle’s samba boy, is ready to turn up the heat against his former club.

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Geylang’s Kento Fukuda, Yuki Ichikawa and Tatsuro Inui whom also began their S.League careers with Albirex Niigata (S), will be eager to get a win against the White Swans and also aid the Eagles to get out of the dreaded last spot.

Eagles’ Shawal Anuar has been a consistent performer and showstopper for the Eagles alongside nippy winger, Hafiz Nor. Expect both speed demons to burn the flanks of Jurong East Stadium with their acceleration and skills.

Hafiz Osman will be once again marshalling the Eagles’ back-line and is expected to put in an assured performance at the back, to keep the Albirex attackers quiet, especially top-scorer Rion Taki, who has the ability to punish defences on any given day.

Geylang will also be wary of the attacking prowess of both Atsushi Kawata and Shotaro Ihata, whom will be marauding both flanks.

Albirex’s Kento Nagasaki can also be a real handful for opposition’s defence with his mazy runs which causes confusion in any backline. Nagasaki’s pace is also another asset to the team and he will be looking to utilise this to exploit the Eagles’ defence regardless of which flank he is going to be deployed at.

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While his other teammates have been earning plaudits for their goal scoring feats, Fumiya Kogure has been quietly doing the work behind the scenes by orchestrating the goals.

With an eye for a pass, the midfielder who is equally adept playing at the back or upfront is also dangerous from set-pieces, as well with his towering aerial prowess.

On top of that, Geylang has to beat one man which many teams have failed to score against and that is Albirex’s superman – Yosuku Nazawa. The Japanese custodian is still up to his tasks in conceding minimal goals for Albirex, as he has certainly pulled off many top-class saves, this season and has only conceded 13 goals, thus far.

His chemistry with all his defenders has been working well so far, and that would be the only thing which would help them keep a clean sheet against Eagles.

Revenge will certainly be on the minds of the Geylang side after they lost thrice in the reverse fixtures. On that note, if they can play to their true potential, there is a chance the Eagles’ could pick up full points, from this tantalizing ‘Battle of the Birds’ encounter.

 

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