Eagles Banking On Home Ground Advantage in Eastern Derby
By Eagles Admin on 19 October 2015
The third and final ‘Eastern Derby’ will take place once again on Tuesday evening, as Geylang International host Tampines Rovers at the Bedok Stadium.
While Tampines are currently based at Jurong West Stadium, the Stags still feel deeply connected to the east and have always competed with the Eagles, for the support of the residents there.
Both the traditional rivals are fired up and will be gunning for nothing less than a victory, as it would prove pivotal to their respective season’s aspirations.
Tampines Rovers are currently placed third in the Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League table and are still in contention for their sixth league title. The Stags have one game in hand and are only six points shy of the current league leaders, Brunei DPMM.
Hence, it is imperative that they collect all three points at Bedok Stadium. However, Geylang would not make their task any easier as the Eagles are also eyeing a victory to climb out of the rooted bottom spot.
If the Eagles, want to have something to show for their efforts this season, winning in front of their fans on Tuesday, is simply the main objective.
Besides playing for the three coveted points to climb the league table, both Eastern teams will be extra fiery as they aim to earn elusive bragging rights.
Although 2015 has been a testing year for the Bedok-based Eagles, the mood has lifted significantly following a series of impressive displays along the season.
The Eagles have managed to chalk up 17 points from 20 games and have recorded four triumphs against Courts Young Lions and the S.League’s three traditional giants – Warriors FC, Tampines Rovers and Home United.
Geylang’s lowly position on the table does not truly illustrate how competitive they have been and the Eagles should start recording positive results in their final few games, starting with this fixture, so that they can secure a decent position in the bottom half of the table.
V.Sundramoorthy’s squad will be raring to go as Naeem Rahimi and Rihduan Muhamad would be tantalizing the wings whilst Roberto Alviz provides the ammunition for the strike-force.
The Stags’ defence would also be marshalled by Ismadi Mukthar and Mustafic Fahrudin and they will be keeping a close watch on the Eagles’ offensive line as well their midfielders’ Mustaqim Manzur and Nor Azli deliveries from the centre of the park.
Geylang’s backline will also have to be on their toes throughout the 90 minutes, to stop a potent Tampines attack that possess the likes of a quality playmaker, Jamil Ali as well as hotshot forward duo, Rodrigo Tosi and Mateo Roskam.
The likes of Hafiz Nor and Bruno Castanheira can also be called upon if needed while Syed Thaha and Anaz Hadee runs from the back would prove pivotal in achieving the positive result.
Jozef Kaplan will no doubt, be the key man for the Eagles as the Slovakian attacker, has been a consistent performer for the Bedok-based club. He has great vision, as well as the ability to score, not forgetting his everlasting determination, which usually makes him a fan-favourite at games.
For proof of the rivalry between both sides, one only has to look back at the meeting between both teams in the earlier part of the season.
Fans of the respective clubs were baying for blood and both teams seemed particularly more fired up than usual as Geylang came from behind to earn a 3-2 win over Tampines at Jalan Besar Stadium.
In the second match-up, Jorg Steinebrunner’s charges fell to a 2-0 defeat in the month of July at Tampines’ home-ground and as such, the Eagles will be eager to bounce back from that disappointment and return to winning ways with an added ‘revenge’ perspective.
With that said, this game should see some goals, as both sides will pry open the opponents’ back-line and score the goals required to get a favourable and positive result.