Geylang International FC

Eagles Reluctant In Losing Points Against Cheetahs

1796096_1099749563372871_470481462613007597_oIn this week’s ‘live’ televised encounter on Friday evening, Geylang International and Hougang United will lock horns at the Jalan Besar Stadium, as both teams square off in their third and final, S.League encounter with each other.

Both the Eagles and the Cheetahs would also be looking to return to winning ways in the Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League after mixed results in the previous match weeks.

Geylang snapped their six-match winless streak in the S.League with two consecutive draw results against Warriors FC and Balestier Khalsa, recently. On the other hand, the Cheetahs have been very patchy as their past six games have seen them alternately winning, drawing and losing games.

Geylang have not tasted victory in a league game since the end of May, as their undefeated streak was ended, by none other than Hougang. With that narrow 1-0 score line, the Cheetahs secured their first win of the season, just before the S.League headed into the mid-season break.

Ever since then, the curse has struck the Eagles badly, as they have managed to render only two points in eight games, after the S.League’s restart.

The two teams have also met in the opening stages of the season in March, and that game ended in a goalless stalemate, despite Geylang arguably being the unfortunate of the two, to not walk away with three points.

Nevertheless, with over 18 games played, both teams are now separated by four points in the league as the Cheetahs sit in eighth place, while Geylang find themselves two spots below.

A win for either team will do them a world of good, with Hougang seeking a win to overtake Harimau Muda and also pull further away from the much-improved Courts Young Lions who are breathing down their neck, with an inferior goal difference.

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Meanwhile, Geylang will want the three points to propel themselves up the standings and get out of the dreaded ‘bottom spot’ of the league table.

Thus, the Eagles should start recording positive results in their final few games, starting with this fixture, so that they can secure a decent position in the bottom half of the table.

Jozef Kaplan will no doubt, be the key man for the Eagles as the Slovakian attacker, has been a consistent performer for the Bedok-based club. He has great vision, as well as the ability to score, not forgetting his everlasting determination, which usually makes him a fan-favourite at games.

Shawal Anuar and Hafiz Nor have been truly productive and hardworking on both flanks. The Eagles’ speedy duo tormented both Warriors’ and Tigers’ backline with their bag of tricks and lightning quick footwork, in Geylang’s past two fixtures.

The Eagles will also be delighted to welcome their industrious wing-back, Anaz Hadee and Japanese towering defender, Yuki Ichikawa back from suspension and knee injury, respectively. With that, the Eagles are close to a nearly fully fit squad with no injuries or suspensions, with 10 remaining games in the S.League.

Expect the Cheetahs to be troubled by Geylang’s offense, with Bruno Castanheira and Jozef Kaplan adequately supplied with the services of central-midfielders, Shah Hirul, Nor Azli and Mustaqim Manzur.

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On the other hand, Geylang would also need to be wary of Hougang’s set-pieces. Carlos Delgado is absolutely a nightmare to deal with when he steps in front of a dead ball. The Argentinean, can either go for goal, or provide a tantalising cross which Kunihiro Yamashita, Vuk Sotirovic and Diego Gama, always look to get onto the end of, to score a goal.

Hougang might be also a rather direct side, with balls punted to either the hotshot Serbian, Sotirovic or colossal Brazilian, 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.

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.

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