Eagles Aspire To Extend Winning Streak Against Tigers
By Eagles Admin on 12 May 2015
Geylang International will be playing hosts to Balestier Khalsa at the Jalan Besar Stadium instead of Bedok Stadium on 15th May 2015, due to the fixture being the ‘live’ televised match of the week.
The feisty encounter between the two promising sides, would be an intriguing match and goals should be in store for the spectators as the Eagles will be seeking to avenge their 2-1 defeat to the Tigers, earlier this season.
The Eagles and Tigers will definitely be hungry for a win this week for respective reasons as both teams come into this game, after mixed results in their last fixture.
Coach Jorg Steinebrunner and his charges should be brimming with confidence as Geylang have recorded two consecutive victories against both uniformed giants, Warriors FC and Home United FC with a 3-1 and 1-0 score-line, respectively.
The soaring Eagles would be in search for another victory to not only extend their winning streak to three games, but to also move up the standings in the ‘Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League’ 2015 table.
On the other hand, the unfortunate Tigers found themselves on the end of a 2-1 defeat to Warriors FC at Toa Payoh Stadium, last week. The 2014 ‘RHB Singapore Cup’ winners, Balestier Khalsa would aim for nothing less than a win to return to their winning ways and to climb up the S.League table.
Marko Kraljevic had in fact targeted a shot at the title at the start of the season, and one should never underestimate the quality of the Tigers as they are the only side which ended the star studded, Brunei DPMM’s unbeaten run in 2015 , handing them a 2 – 1 defeat at Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium.
The Tigers are temporarily sitting in fourth spot with 13 points and would need a good result to inch closer to the current top three crop of, Brunei DPMM, Warriors FC and Albirex Niigata (S) FC.
As for the Eagles, it has been a dream start in the month of May with two wins and they are currently placed in fifth spot, with 11 points.
The Eagles will have a fully fit squad to pick from except for the unfortunate knee injury victim, Sevki Sha’ban. Over at the other side, Balestier would be without their young and aggressive left-back, Ho Wai Loon whom will be away at Japan for a week-long training tour with the Singapore SEA Games U-23 provisional squad.
Jorg Steinebrunner will deploy the birthday boy, Bruno Castanheira upfront as he will be on task to breach the Tigers’ net alongside captain and club’s top goal scorer with six goals, Jozef Kaplan.
Eagles’ Japanese centre-back, Kento Fukuda whom will also be celebrating his 25th birthday on match-day, is prepared to eradicate any aerial threats caused by Miroslav Kristic and his partner in crime, Robert Pericic.
Eagles also can take heart from the recent performances of their goalkeeper, Yazid Yazin, who has been a commanding presence in between the sticks with opposing forwards generally finding it hard to beat him. However, Yazid and company will have to be on their toes as the Eagles come up against Emir Lotinac and Igor Cerina during set-pieces.
Nevertheless, with the determined, Nor Azli protecting the back four and Tatsuro Inui given the license to roam in the middle of the park for his playmaking abilities, the duo are certainly capable of causing some serious damage to opponents’ game play.
Geylang’s versatile defender, Syed Thaha states that, he is ever ready in facing his former Balestier team-mates and would love to extend the Eagles’ winning streak to three games.
“Of course, my hope is to win all games with the Eagles, especially against my former club. Furthermore, I believe we can, if we can give our very best,” added the Eagles’ full-back.
Fans can expect both clubs to serve up a similar exhilarating and entertaining action on the field this time too, as the Eagles and Tigers will engage in a vigorous battle, in bid to claw the three vital points.