Match Preview: Harimau Muda vs Geylang International
By Eagles Admin on 15 October 2014
Two in-form sides take to the field across the causeway on Wednesday as Geylang International take on Harimau Muda at the Pasir Gudang Stadium in Johor.
Razip Ismail’s side are in supreme form at the moment, collecting back to back victories over Courts Young Lions and Hougang United. The Malaysian side have also only fallen to one defeat in their last five matches and it will take a solid performance from the Eagles if they are to bring all three points back to the Bedok Stadium.
Meanwhile, the Eagles recovered from a two match winless streak to confidently defeat Woodlands Wellington in their last match. Jorg Steinebrunner’s side will be confident heading into the match given the emphatic 3-0 victory over the Malaysians earlier in the season at the Pasir Gudang Stadium, courtesy of a Ridhuan Muhammad master class.
Yet, the Eagles will have to be wary after a disastrous result in the reverse fixture against Harimau Muda, several weeks ago. Geylang never got into the match and fell to a 3-2 defeat.
Very often this season, the young Malaysian side have lost out in battle due to a lack of experience, a quality which is in abundance in the Eagles side. Veteran players like Aliff Shafaein, Mustaqim Manzur and Ridhuan Muhammad will be relied upon to get the Eagles going , in search of a successive victory.
All eyes will also be on Shahrul Igwan who was featured in FourFourTwo Singapore’s team of the week after his impressive displays over two matches last week. Kento Fukuda and Yuki Ichikawa, both who have been imperious for Geylang this season will certainly have their work cut out on the night.
Head coach Jorg Steinebrunner deployed a three man centre midfield against Woodlands Wellington, a tactical change that worked to a treat and it remains to be seen if Shah Hirul, Fabian Kwok and Franco Chivilo will enjoy a similar outing against the Young Tigers.
With the season fast coming to an end, a series of victories in what seem like winnable fixtures are in order for the Eagles, starting from a win at Pasir Gudang.