Geylang International FC

Match Preview: Brunei DPMM vs Geylang International

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We come now, ultimately, to the last game of the season and what a ride it had been for fans of the Eagles who have stuck with the team through thick and thin. Without further ado, let us get down to crunching the figures and see what the numbers may foretell.

With the Warriors only managing a 1-1 draw last night with Harimau Muda B, they stand only a point above DPMM FC at 35 points while Hougang United’s 2-0 defeat to Courts Young Lions will ensure that they remain in 10th place with 30 points, staying ahead of Harimau Muda B courtesy only of a superior goal difference. It means the 9th place has been secured as the Eagles sit pretty at 31 points with a game in hand.

Should the Eagles pull off a three-goal margin victory, we will be able to finish off the season in 8th place and only a point behind Warriors FC. Should the Eagles fall short of the three-goal mark, we remain in 9th place. Then again, should the Eagles draw or lose the game, we will still remain in 9th place so it may seem to be not so bad after all.

The mood in the camp though, suggests that nothing than a win will suffice for the Eagles. With several of the players already stating that a win for pride is on the cards, the Bruneian Wasps will most certainly be in for a fight.

Captain Jozef Kaplan will be eager to increase his goal tally and his mission will be ably aided by the likes of veteran Noor Ali, Stefan Milojevic and the nippy Yasir Hanapi. Whenever the winds turn favourable, these four attackers fly undaunted and unstoppable, just as the Warriors found out to their chagrin when they last met the Eagles at Bedok Stadium.

Wahyudi “Mr Versatile” Wahid will be missing tonight’s game due to suspension and it will be a definite loss for the Eagles but Coach V Kanan have able replacements in Delwinder Singh and Taufiq Ghani.

DPMM’s Vjeran Simunic will seek comfort in the record books which shows that GIFC have been beaten on the two occasions that they met and the psychological edge will sharpen the confidence of his team. A win will see them top the Tier-2 table ahead of Warriors FC and that will be motivation enough.

Brothers Shahrazen and Adi Said can sting if left unattended and Brazilian Rodrigo Tosi have shown some polished brilliance in the last few matches. The Eagles will look to neutralising the threat this trio can potentially unleash.

All said and done, the Eagles have shown brilliance time and again, a brilliance such that will need to be summoned again tonight at the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium. It is a venue not many visitors have walked away from unscathed but the Eagles will be eager to end the season with a shout for the fans.

Let’s go Eagles!

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