Eagles Looking To Extend Their Unbeaten Streak Against Cheetahs
By Eagles Admin on 9 November 2015
Geylang International’s quest to avoid finishing last continues when they welcome Hougang United to the Eagles’ Nest, Bedok Stadium on Monday night.
With only two more games left to the end of the season, the Eagles are placed in ninth spot and are four points ahead of the Cheetahs. A win would certainly ensure that the Bedok-based club does not finish as wooden spoonists. Furthermore, a victory would also enable the Eagles to overtake Courts Young Lions at eighth position.
Hence, it is imperative that they collect all three points at Bedok Stadium to propel higher up the table, but the Cheetahs will not be in a charitable mood as they are aiming to finish as high as possible themselves.
After earning only one point from their last five games, the Cheetahs will be keen to return to winning ways. They will have to recover from an unfruitful visit by Harimau Muda in their previous league outing, where they fell 2-1 to the Young Tigers with a last minute winner.
Hougang’s new coach K.Balagumaran would be eager to bounce back from this opening day defeat. Balagumaran knows that his captain, Nurhilmi Jasni would want to record more goals to his current tally of five and also spearhead the Cheetahs to their fifth victory of the season.
Hougang might be also a rather direct side, with balls punted to either the hotshot Serbian, Vuk Sotirovic or colossal Brazilian, Diego Gama whom can superbly hold up the fort well, to bring in other teammates such as tantalizing wingers, Fazli Jaffar and Fareez Farhan, into play.
In midfield, Carlos Delgado makes any team tick with his incisive passing, which was on display throughout the season. His partner, Kunihiro Yamashita, sweeps up alongside him and tidies things, while flankers Fairoz Hasan and Yuki Uchimaya impressed with their pace from the back and pin-point crossing.
On the other hand, Jorg Steinebrunner’s charges are unbeaten in their last three league games, having won two of those with identical 2-1 comeback victories against Brunei DPMM and Home United whilst losing two points to Courts Young Lions with 2-2 draw, last Friday.\
For Geylang, the attacking quartet of Hafiz Nor, Jozef Kaplan, Shawal Anauar and Bruno Castanheira have been in fine form of late.
The Eagles will need to be firing on all cylinders to win this match, but it remains to be seen if the top guns, Bruno Castanheira and Jozef Kaplan will put on their scoring boots to lead the attack.
Shawal Anuar and Hafiz Nor have also been truly productive and hardworking on both flanks. The Eagles’ speedy duo have the capability to torment any team’s backline with their bag of tricks and lightning quick footwork. The wingers will definitely be looking to inflict damage to Hougang, as well.
Expect the Cheetahs to be also troubled by Geylang’s offense, which will be adequately supplied with the brilliant services of central-midfielders, Yuki Ichikawa and Tatsuro Inui.
Regardless of what Hougang tactics are, Geylang’s Head Coach, Jorg Steinebrunner is adamant and confident that his charges will play attractive football regardless of anything, while the Cheetahs are rather offensive-driven despite, being rather compact at the back.
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.