Geylang International FC

Eagles Eager To Bounce Back Against Gutsy Young Lions

11667334_1104922289522265_287334244667876974_nGeylang International FC will entertain Courts Young Lions at the Bedok Stadium on Thursday evening, and the Eagles will be facing the Singapore developmental side, for the first time, in the Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League 2015 campaign.

Due to the RHB Singapore Cup Quarter-Finals taking place last week, Geylang will enter the game slightly fatigued, as they played Global FC on 16th August, and were eliminated from the competition after a 4-2 aggregate defeat in the two-legged affair.

On the other hand, the Young Lions were not involved in any matches and instead took to playing friendly games to maintain match fitness, as their last competitive match ended in a 1-0 defeat to Albirex Niigata (S) FC, on 08th August.

In last season’s encounters, Geylang narrowly edged Young Lions to a 1-0 victory at Bedok Stadium in March, before both teams, shared the spoils at Jalan Besar Stadium, on two occasions with 0-0 and 1-1 scorelines, in June and October, respectively

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The Eagles currently sit in ninth place, with 12 points out of 15 games. Courts Young Lions on the other hand, are in bottom spot with also 12 points, but have two games in hand.

Anything less than a win would be too costly for either side, as both teams are currently, at the bottom of the S.League table and any loss of points, might hinder their progress up the table.

Geylang have not been enjoying the best of games of late, as they have suffered four consecutive defeats in the S.League. The Eagles, would be looking to put their RHB Singapore Cup disappointment as well as their poor S.League form, behind them, to try clinch a victory in front of their boisterous fans.

The men in green and white, will be without defenders, Yuki Ichikawa, Sevki Sha’ban and Syed Thaha, as they are currently sidelined, due to knee injuries. However, Bruno Castanheira could be in the starting line-up, after making cameo appearances in the last three games, as the hotshot striker slowly recuperates from an ankle injury.

The Geylang players are aware that there are only 12 more games till the end of the season, and if they really want to edge closer to their season’s aspiration, of finishing in the top-half of the table, the Eagles have to not only start scoring, but also stop conceding fouls and avoid defensive errors under pressurizing instances.

Jozef Kaplan, Tatsuro Inui and Shawal Anuar are eager to put the ball in the back of Young Lions’ Syazwan Buhari’s net, as the trio are eager to extend their respective S.League goal-tally. It is also high time for the Eagles to bounce back with a victory and goals, as they have only scored two goals in their past five S.League outings.

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On the other hand, the Young Lions have posted some commendable results, after the Southeast Asian Games ended, as wholesale changes were made to both the players and coaching staff as well. Coach Jurgen Raab, has transformed the Young Lions into a confident side, which dominates possession and creates ample opportunities, to take home the three points anytime.

Geylang will need to be wary of the blitzkrieg, Young Lions trio of Amy Recha, Sherif El-Masri and Jordan Webb, whom are all capable of causing damage with their sheer pace and shooting.

Furthermore, the Eagles should also have an eye on the Singaporean star in the making, Adam Swandi. The midfielder has been a key creative personnel in the engine room for the Young Lions, and if he continues to spray the passes forward with his sensational playmaking abilities, Geylang would have a tough time in defence.

As such, this match promises to be a not only a feisty affair, but also a mouth-watering clash, as both teams will be looking to improve their fortunes, in a bid to get out of the condemned, bottom of the table standings.

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