Match Preview: Geylang International vs Woodlands Wellington
By Andrew Ang on 24 April 2014
Geylang International return to home comforts as they welcome Woodlands Wellington to the Bedok Stadium on Saturday. The Eagles will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to a staggering six games in the league. The Rams sit just one point behind Geylang International, and will be looking to march past the Eagles with a win.
Last time out, the Eagles were unlucky not to come away with all three points as the side looked the better team against Balestier Khalsa. Woodlands Wellington, on the other hand, produced an upset to beat defending champions Tampines Rovers 2-1. A win over the Stags, would have proved to be a tonic to the morale of Darren Stewart’s side and the Eagles must be wary of their opponents come Saturday. Head Coach Jorg Steinebrunner also downplayed his side’s unbeaten run, saying: “If we think we are unbeatable that’s not good. We rather have a mind-set that we are beatable but we don’t want to get beaten. That is a better approach and it allows us to work hard and put in a good work rate.”
Mustaqim Manzur (above) and Ridhuan Muhammad will both face late fitness tests to see if they are ready to line up against the Rams.
In the two games that have been played at the home of the Eagles, the Bedok Stadium, Geylang International has remained unbeaten with a win against the Courts Young Lions and a draw against title contenders, Brunei DPMM FC. Captain Ridhuan Muhammad and winger Mustaqim Manzur will both face late fitness tests to see if they are ready to line up against the Rams, as both players are carrying minor injuries from the last match. K. Sathiaraj is also back in contention after recovering from an injury that has kept him out since the start of the season.
The match will also prove to be a special occasion for Jorg Steinebrunner as he leads his team out against Woodlands Wellington, the club where he got his first chance as a head coach. Speaking to the Geylang International media team, the German felt the match was one to savour on a personal level. He said: “I had my most successful time as a coach with Woodlands and also it was where I got my first break as a coach so definitely a special match. There are a lot of good memories and I acknowledge the supporters for the backing I got from them. I just hope everyone in Woodlands forgives me for the 90 minutes.”
The Eagles and the Rams will clash on Saturday as one man, in Jorg Steinebrunner looks to put one over his former club. Both sets of supporters will be in full voice to rally their team to a victory in a bid to continue their clubs’ respective good forms and with both coaches gunning for a victory, Bedok Stadium could be the arena to witness 90 minutes of adrenaline rush worthy of football come Saturday.