Eagles Optimistic Of Extending Unbeaten Streak
By Eagles Admin on 17 May 2015
Geylang International will be brimming with confidence when they face a ’winless’ Hougang United side at Hougang Stadium on 19th May 2015.
The Eagles will be looking forward to end the month of May on a high note, by clinching their fourth win of the campaign. On the other hand, the Cheetahs will be on quest to record their season’s maiden victory on home soil by clipping the soaring Eagles’ wings.
The Eagles extended their unbeaten run to three games as they fought back in the dying seconds to record an exhilarating 2-2 draw with Balestier Khalsa, last Friday.
Bruno Castanheira scored his third goal of the season with a sensational curler, deep in stoppage time to salvage a vital point for the Eagles.
Castanheira has formed a lethal attacking partnership with Tatsuro Inui and Eagles captain, Jozef Kaplan in their recent games. The fearsome trio, have bagged 11 of Geylang’s 12 goals in the league so far, and will look to turn on the firepower again, when facing the Cheetahs.
Eagles’ Hafiz Nor will also be a threat down the wings with his lightning speed and the fleet-footed winger, will also be looking to open his season’s goal-scoring account against the north-eastern club.
Yuki Ichikawa and Syed Thaha have been key pillars at the back for the Eagles, and their habit of making overlapping runs down the flanks to assist the forwards, will be beneficial to the team.
While Geylang have been putting up decent performances in their recent matches, it has been in contrast for the hosts, Hougang. The Cheetahs have yet to win a game this season and are currently rooted at the bottom of the table with four points in 10 games.
Hougang slumped to a 4-0 defeat against Home United in their last game and paid the price for their wastefulness in front of goal. Even when Hougang converted their chances, they failed to hold onto their lead and were duly punished on more than one occasion, this season.
With the help of the Brazilian duo, Diego Gama and Geison Moura, Hougang won two out of their three league fixtures against Geylang in 2014.
However the ‘samba’ strikers are no longer with the club and replacements, Manato Takahashi and Francisco ‘Chupe’ Ela have to step up as soon as possible to aid the Cheetahs in the goal-scoring department.
Hougang’s midfield maestro Shunsuke Nakataka will pull the strings in the middle of the park with his superb vision and sheer strength. The Japanese midfielder will also look to provide the attacking players with ample opportunities at goal, through his incisive passing.
Fairoz Hasan has been a constant livewire for this season with his tormenting runs and delicate crosses. The feisty and determined Cheetahs’ captain Nurhilmi Jasni’s services will also be required for Hougang to possibly get a positive result in front of their own fans. Hougang coach Salim Moin, will be also counting on Hasan and Jasni to score apart from his strikers to revive the north-eastern club’s fortunes this season.
It ended in a goalless stalemate, the first time both teams met this season, but expect both teams to push more this time around, in a bid to walk away victors for the various reasons.