Geylang International FC

Eagles Hungry For A Win Against White Swans

17294_940898989263057_4964895162179530008_nGeylang International FC are set to welcome Albirex Niigata (S) FC to the Bedok Stadium, and the Eagles will be hoping that their much-vaunted home advantage will be on display, on Sunday evening.

Geylang have won twice, drew twice and lost only once at the ‘Eagles’ Nest’, across all competitions this season.

Furthermore, with the boisterous and passionate fans constantly supporting the Eagles all season long, the men in green and white, will be determined to clinch the three points to return back to winning ways.

The Eagles currently sit in eighth place, with 12 points out of 13 games. Albirex on the other hand, are in second spot with two points adrift of league leaders, Warriors FC, whom chalked up 25 points.

Anything less than a win would be too costly, as either team might possibly drop in their respective standings, considering the fact that, the S.League table this season, is very confined with teams being very close to each other.

It is also high time for the Eagles to start winning, to edge closer to their season’s aspiration, of finishing in the top-half of the table.

After the S.League resumed from ‘The New Paper (TNP) League Cup 2015’ break, Geylang has suffered back-to-back defeats against Harimau Muda and Tampines Rovers. Nevertheless, Geylang would be eager to not only obtain a victory, but to also seek redemption against Albirex, for eliminating the Eagles at TNP Cup Semi-Finals at Jalan Besar Stadium, last month.

Geylang’s young custodian, Hairul Syirhan, urges his teammates to find the ‘form and tenacity’, which the Eagles possessed during TNP Cup 2015 journey. That remarkable ‘fire at all cylinders’ mode, allowed them to net 10 amazing goals and play pretty possession football, in which Coach Jorg Steinebrunner preaches all the time.

However, the Eagles’ task of notching a win against their Japanese counterparts will be made harder this time round, following the unknown availability of Bruno Castanheira as the prominent striker continues his recuperation from injury. Furthermore, Geylang will also be without their ‘rock at the back’, Hafiz Osman due to suspension, as he saw red against Harimau Muda.

Then again, knowing the ‘Pride of the East’, Geylang under the leadership of Jorg Steinebrunner, never fails to spring surprises and acquire hard-earned victories.

On the other hand, the 2015 League Cup champions, Albirex were given a reality check as they were defeated by Harimau Muda, with Faizat Ghazali’s solitary goal in the match-up, on Thursday. Nonetheless, the White Swans will be out all guns blazing to attain a victory, to keep the pressure on Warriors FC’s top spot.

The White Swans attacking trio of Rion Taki, Atsushi Kawata and Shotaro Ihata are in tremendous form with Fumiya Kogure pulling the strings from midfield. The offensive unit, would be raring to get back on track against the Eagles, but former Albirex players would be standing in their way on Sunday night. Eagles’ Kento Fukuda and Yuki Ichikawa will be paired to form a formidable wall to stop the immense Japanese ammunitions.

Overall, both teams have the firepower, so it may ultimately come down to which defence holds up its end of the bargain for the respective sides to walk away with a result.

The last time Geylang played Albirex in the S.League, they had a tough time and crashed to a 1-0 defeat. After all, this would not be the same case again, as both teams will be fighting for their respective targets and pride.

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