Match Preview: Geylang International vs Harimau Muda
By Deepanraj Ganesan on 18 June 2014
Geylang International entertain Malaysian outfit, Harimau Muda at the Bedok Stadium on Thursday as they look to extend a four match unbeaten run. Having recorded 5-1 and 1-0 victories over Woodlands Wellington and Tampines Rovers respectively, the Eagles look in the best of form to take on Harimau Muda.
This however does not bode well for the Young Tigers. Since emerging victorious over Tanjong Pagar, Harimau Muda have followed up the good result with four consecutive defeats. Geylang International had also beaten Harimau Muda earlier in the season with a convincing 3-0 victory and a repeat of that is sure to delight the watching faithful. Devoid of a leader on the pitch, the young side remain bottom of the table with 14 losses and only two wins.
The Eagles go into the fixture with a full strength side to choose from. One of those players is Argentine midfielder, Franco Chivilo. The playmaker looked sharpest in training and will be looking to wreak havoc on the young defence.
Geylang will also be buoyed at the chance to record their fourth consecutive clean sheet. Siddiq Durimi became the first goalkeeper to register a clean sheet at Bandar Seri Begawan against Brunei DPMM and his form has given the outfield players confidence going forward, knowing their back is secure. Coach Jorg Steinebrunner echoed those comments. He said: “It’s a big boost for us to keep those clean sheets. It is a confidence for the team to go forward.”
Having beaten Tampines Rovers and held Brunei DPMM at their home, complacency could be an issue. But the German head coach felt there would be no such occurrences in his team. He said: “I told the boys that nothing less than the work rate and commitment we put up against DPMM will do against Harimau Muda. So we know that we need to be at our best and focus.”
With the Eagles still having an outside chance to finish in the top six, a win against Harimau Muda is crucial to their hopes. For Jorg Steinebrunner, there is no limit to what his charges can achieve given what he has seen. With an aura of confidence, he said: “We played against some of the best attacks in Tampines Rover and Brunei DPMM and did not concede. It shows that if the boys focus and work for each other, we can achieve what we want.”