Match Preview: Geylang International vs Brunei DPMM
By Deepanraj Ganesan on 27 March 2014
A new lease of life for Geylang International last week, as new head coach Jorg Steinebrunner led the side to their first win in the S.League this season, with a 1-0 vicotry over Courts Young Lions. However, the real challenge for the former league cup winner comes in the form of a genuine title contender, Brunei DPMM FC this Friday at the Bedok Stadium.
Brunei DPMM go into this fixture looking to bounce back after a 2-1 loss to defending champions Tampines Rovers. The side, led by former Blackburn manager, Steve Kean , have played their way to the favourites tag this season, especially after a resounding 3-0 victory over Home United FC. The Eagles on the other hand, will look to put behind the 3 losses at the start of the season, as they look to continue to kick-start their season from last week’s victory over the Young Lions.
Barring long term injuries to midfielders Fabian Kwok and K.Sathiaraj, head coach Jorg Steinebrunner will be pleased to have a fully fit squad available at his disposal come match day. Kento Fukuda enjoyed a stellar outing last time out against the Young Lions and will be eager to welcome back his Japanese teammate, Yuki Ichikawa. Both players played together during the pre-season friendlies against Tampines Rovers and Warriors FC and helped the Eagles to a clean sheet in both matches. They will be looking to replicate just that against a Brunei side that has scored seven goals so far in its four matches.
Brunei DPMM ‘s goal count has been helped majorly by marquee player, Roy O’Donovan but Geylang International head coach played down any need to pay special attention to the former Sunderland striker. He said: “I have never given special treatment to any players, be it outstanding players or marquee signings. My view is that if you give special treatment to one player, it opens up spaces for others on their team. My team can and will take care of him.”
Geylang International will be looking to cause an upset and will start the game, with the mindset that a victory is not out of the question. “I will always set out my team to win a game. I will never set out my team saying I am happy with a draw, “said the new head coach as he looked to bring back confidence in the squad.
A German coach, with a philosophy to play the right brand of football, looking to revive the spirits of a Geylang International squad, will need all his players on their best form as he walks out at Bedok Stadium come Friday, to stage what would be the upset of the season so far, as Geylang International look to beat title contenders Brunei DPPM.