Eagles Ready For Stern Test Against DPMM
By Eagles Admin on 5 August 2015
Brunei DPMM will host Geylang International at the coveted, Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Brunei on 05th August 2015.
Both teams are not in the best of form of late, as they have been winless in their past games and there will be no better time, for either team to etch a positive result and ignite a possible winning streak.
Despite, the three consecutive defeats to Harimau Muda, Tampines Rovers and Albirex Niigata (S), the Eagles will aim to end their winless streak against the Wasps, whom also picked up four draws, after the S.League resumed in July.
Incidentally, the last victory for Geylang came in June, against Brunei DPMM in The New Paper League Cup 2015 group stages, before the Eagles were eliminated by Albirex in the Semi-Finals.
Coach Jorg Steinebrunner believes that his troops are mentally ready for the Wasps and will be focusing to minimize the error of giving too many needless fouls, which haunted the Eagles with defeats in their previous matches.
Nevertheless, one positive outlook for the Eagles, will be the return of the robust defender, Hafiz Osman from suspension. The centre-back was sorely missed in their last two matches with the Eagles conceding four goals in two games. His physical presence will be beneficial to the Eagles as he and his partner in crime, Kento Fukuda will aim to put a stop to DPMM’s Brazilian striker, Rafael Ramazotti.
This season, the men in white and green have been putting up decent performances, but have found wins hard to come by, garnering only 12 points in 14 games, thus far. While energetic displays have seen the Eagles, give teams a run for their money; uncalled errors, has cost them dearly.
On the other hand, DPMM have similarly endured an inconsistent form recently and had themselves to blame for earning four points out of a possible 12. In the Wasps past three games, DPMM were duly punished for allowing their early leads, to be erased with second-half equalizers, which unfortunately caused them to share the spoils.
Under the guidance of Steve Kean, the Wasps of 2015 have adopted a more direct approach going forward and are more attack-minded as opposed to the past few seasons.
The towering, hotshot striker, Rafael Ramazotti has been a beneficiary of that, being the current top goalscorer in the S.league with 12 goals, and he will be looking to add to that tally against the Eagles, with some assistance from DPMM’s dribbling whiz, Paulo Sergio.
Luckily for DPMM, the top two teams have also been dropping points and thus they are still within touching distance of current league leaders Albirex, who are only three points ahead of the Wasps.
Overall, it will not be an easy task for either side, as both the Eagles and Wasps would be gunning for nothing less than a win, to propel up the S.League table and return to their winning ways.