Geylang International FC

Eagles Play Hosts To Rampant League Leaders Wasps

11257746_1102443689770125_6570282916990469205_nThis will be the last time Geylang International will face Brunei DPMM in the Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League this season, as the Eagles welcome the Wasps to the Bedok Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The two teams met twice in the S.League and once in The New Paper League Cup. The Bruneians prevailed on both league fixtures, whilst the Eagles thumped DPMM 4-2 in the cup tournament.

As the title race reaches its last stages, DPMM are the ones sitting in prime position. They have shown throughout the season why they are among the contenders, with 13 wins and 17 positive goal difference – the highest in S.League 2015.

The race for the coveted league title, heats up as DPMM has a six-point lead over reigning champions Tampines Rovers who sit in second spot with 40 points and two games in hand.

On the other hand, the Eagles were finally off the rooted bottom spot last week, after a stupendous 2-1 victory against Home United. However, despite having the same 20 points as Hougang, Geylang have been slotted back into 10th place because of an inferior goal difference and also, they have one game in hand.

A win for either team will do them a world of good with Geylang seeking it to climb up the table and keep themselves within touching distance of Courts Young Lions and Harimau Muda, whom are 8th and 7th spot respectively.

The Wasps on the other hand, will want the three points to pull further away from fellow title contenders, Tampines and Balestier Khalsa, whom are breathing down their neck.

One of the things the Eagles need to be wary about DPMM is that the Wasps have players who are strong in the air, and with the likes of Azwan Ali within the ranks, there will be crosses pumped into the box to ensure that DPMM make full use of their physical advantage.

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However, Paulo Sergio has also added another dimension to the squad. Blessed with good pace and skills, DPMM can also look to play the ball on the ground before releasing the striker through midfielder Rosmin Kamis and fellow forward Adi Said.

The current tied S.League top goalscorer, Rafael Ramazotti will be looking to add to his current tally of 18 goals to pull further away from close competitor, Warriors’ Fazrul Nawaz

The Eagles have been too inconsistent and their inability to win games successively has crashed their hopes of a top six finish. Geylang need to put on a good showing against the league leaders, to reignite the burning passion of their boisterous fans and also prove their critics wrong.

One of the Bedok-based club’s problem this season, indefinitely has been the unavailability of several key players, and that has been rectified with most of the players being injury and suspension free.

With that said, the Eagles can be a tenacious bunch. If Mustaqim Manzur is featured during this match, it is likely he will lead by example and challenge for the ball whenever possible. This might throw the league leaders off their game, and allow Geylang some breathing space.

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Geylang have a tendency to go against the odds, as exemplified by their victories against the traditional powerhouses – Home United, Tampines Rovers

However, Jorg Steinebrunner is aware that his side has no room for errors in this game, as they require maximum points to maintain their faint hopes of a top-seven finish.

It will be a case of the German’s tactical prowess on display again, as he looks to stifle Rafael Ramazotti and Paulo Sergio who will lead the frontline for the Bruneians.

Geylang’s defensive duo of Hafiz Osman and Kento Fukuda have to keep a tight leash on the Brazilian and Portuguese, if they are to stand any chance of victory.

The Eagles too, will be able to provide a sort of threat up front as they boast their own set of lightning speed wingers, Hafiz Nor and Shawal Anuar, although they have blown hot and cold this season.

The men in green and white would also reply on their captain, Jozef Kaplan’s endless work rate and also Bruno Castanheira’s silky touches, to bag the goals for a positive result.

Whatever it is, fans can expect the two teams to go on the offense and be attack-oriented for the full 90 minutes.

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