Eagles In Make-Or-Break Mission Against Rhinos
By Eagles Admin on 28 August 2015
Geylang International FC and Warriors FC, meet for the second time this season after a streak of inconsistent results.
The Eagles, will travel to Choa Chu Kang Stadium to face the Rhinos on Saturday evening, after both teams‘ respective losses to Courts Young Lions, and Harimau Muda in the previous match week.
Geylang has been on a disappointing streak, as they have not won any of their last six S.League matches, with their last victory coming in a narrow 1-0 win, over Home United in May.
That game, was one of Geylang’s only three wins this season so far, with the remaining, being a 3-1 and 3-2 victory against Warriors and Tampines Rovers, respectively.
Thus, it is high time for the Eagles to get back to winning ways, so that the Bedok-based club can get out of their bottom spot in the S.League. A win for Geylang would give them a chance to overtake Courts Young Lions at ninth place and also edge closer to their intended end-of-year target – a top six finish.
However, the Eagles will have to clinch the three vital points, without Yuki Ichikawa and Kento Fukuda, as the Japanese duo will be out of action, nursing knee injuries. Adding to Geylang’s misery, wing-back, Anaz Hadee, would also be suspended for this fixture, after the feisty defender picked up a red-card against the Young Lions.
Nevertheless, with Syed Thaha back in action for the Eagles alongside Bruno Castanheira, whom will be spearheading Geylang’s offense. The reigning S.League champions, Warriors, will have to keep an close eye on Geylang, whom are much capable of springing surprises against their opponents, on any given day.
On the other hand, Warriors are still in the race for the title, but the Rhinos cannot afford to lose any more points, if they want to defend their throne.
Warriors have managed to claim 28 points from 17 games and are seated in third spot, but the Rhinos are still four points behind current league leaders, Brunei DPMM, whom have played only 16 games.
This crunching fixture would also be the second game the Warriors will have to play without the services of Nicolas Velez, last season’s S.League Young Player of the Year, after the Argentinean joined Indian Super League side NorthEast United.
After suffering a painful lost to Harimau Muda last week, Alex Weaver is determined to buck up the Warriors’ defensive showing to avoid conceding sloppy goals. Furthermore, seeming toothless in attack, the Rhinos will now turn their attention to Fazrul Nawaz and Miroslav Pejic to reel in the goals.
With Kevin McCann pulling the strings in midfield and Hafiz Rahim’s tireless shifts along the flanks, Warriors might be able to cruise to victory, if they hit the right notes from the kick-off.
Then again, with Warriors’ hardworking attitude, comes an ultra-attacking mindset, which causes the Rhinos to leave a gap at the back, when they surge forward in numbers.
Hence, Geylang’s speed demons, Shawal Anuar and Hafiz Nor, will be keeping the Warriors’ defenders preoccupied at the back for most parts of the game with their energetic runs and pin-point crosses.
That said, this will be expected to be thrilling but a tight match at the same time, with both teams gunning for all three points to keep their title hopes and seasons’ aspirations alive.