Geylang International FC

Eagles Play Hosts To Rampant Wasps

match preview

Geylang International are set to entertain Brunei DPMM at the Bedok Stadium on 16th April 2015, and the Eagles will be hoping that their home ground advantage will benefit them to outplay the Wasps on match day.

Last season’s encounters concluded with draws on both occasions. Both the Eagles and the Wasps, shared the spoils and had to settle with a 1-1 and 0-0 stalemate at Bedok Stadium and Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium respectively, in 2014.

Brunei DPMM, the only unbeaten side in the 20th edition of the S.League, will confidently visit the ‘Eagles’ Nest’ on Thursday night after edging out Hougang United 3-2, two weeks ago.

Tipped as possible title contenders, the Wasps will be looking forward to extend their unbeaten run with ‘March’s S.League Player Of The Month’, Rafael Ramazotti spearheading the DPMM’s attack.

Ramazotti who is also the current top goal scorer for the league with six goals, will be paired with the Bruneian outfit’s latest signing, Paulo Sergio whom netted two goals on his debut against the Cheetahs, to cause all sorts of problems to Geylang’s defence.

On the other hand, having suffered a painful 1-0 defeat in the hands of Albirex Niigata (S) last week, Geylang will need to pick themselves up to put up a good fight against an in-form DPMM side.

In fact, Geylang can take heart and be proud of their second-half performance against the White Swans but, the Eagles were just not clinical in front of goal as they failed to convert any opportunities into goals.

The Eagles offensive quartet of Jozef Kaplan, Tatsuro Inui, Bruno Castanheira and Hafiz Nor performed exceptionally well against powerhouses, Tampines Rovers to clinch their first win of the season. This time round, the Eagles must be decisive and steadfast in converting their chances to take the lead against Brunei DPMM.

Geylang’s backline also would need to stay focus throughout the 90 minutes going up against the Wasps’ goal scoring menaces, Rafael Ramazotti and former Sporting Lisbon winger Paulo Sergio as the lethal duo can cause serious damage with their aerial challenges and mesmerizing footwork.

The vital cog in the Eagles’ engine room, Nor Azli is still suspended, following his dismissal against the Stags, and Geylang International will sorely miss his everlasting stamina and persistent determination in midfield.

Geylang’s captain fantastic, Jozef Kaplan says that the Eagles are ready for the upcoming battle against the Wasps. “We are preparing as usual for every game and we know that it will be a very tough game against Brunei DPMM as they are unbeaten in the league. However, we (Geylang), can play a good game against strong teams, so the Wasps will be another good challenge for us (Geylang) and we are really looking forward to the game.”

It will be interesting to see if Geylang can put up another show of giant-killing once again, as they did against Tampines Rovers weeks ago when they won 3-2 at Jalan Besar Stadium.

As such, this match promises to be a mouth-watering clash with Brunei DPMM eager to extend their winning streak while Geylang will want to clinch a victory in front of their home fans, to propel up the S.League table-board.

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