Match Preview: Brunei DPMM vs Geylang International
By Deepanraj Ganesan on 14 June 2014
The S.League title race is heating up especially with the results that have transpired over the last week. With the top six being separated by just four points, Saturday’s clash between Brunei DPMM and Geylang International is set to be followed closely.
After a spirited 1-0 victory over Tampines Rovers, Geylang International were held to a goalless draw by the Courts Young Lions. The draw was attributed to playing two matches on the demanding artificial turf of Jalan Besar within a period of 48 hours. With the Eagles having to travel to the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium, the question of the players’ fitness condition could be a factor in the outcome of the match.
Brunei DPMM, led by former English Premier League outfit Blackburn Rovers head coach Steve Kean, have not enjoyed the best of results in their last few matches. 2-1, 3-2 and 1-0 defeats to Tampines Rovers, Home United and Warriors FC respectively mean that the club, are currently on a three match losing streak. Brunei will be looking to snap the run at the expense of the Eagles.
Franco Chivilo is set to return to the line up having sat out the last game with a suspension. K.Sathiaraj is also primed to make a first appearance off the bench having fine-tuned his match fitness during a mid-week friendly against the Singapore Cricket Club.
Speaking to EAGLES TV ahead of the match, Geylang International head coach Jorg Steinebrunner warned his side to not read anything into Brunei DPMM’s faltering form. He said: “No, we always have to take each game as it comes.”
He continued: “Every team, in a season, goes through a bad spell and I am sure that they won’t want to drop more points.”
With an outside chance to finish in the top six and a chance to give the five other teams in the top six a chance to cheer, Geylang Internatiomal will need to bet at their best if they are to collect points away to Brunei DPMM in front of what promises to be a crowded Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium.