Rampant Eagles Determined To Upset Tigers
By Eagles Admin on 18 September 2015
Geylang International FC ended their eight-game S.League losing streak, with a last-gasp equalizer to draw 1-1, against Warriors FC , 20 days ago. Today, the Eagles will now face Balestier Khalsa FC at the Jalan Besar Stadium and Geylang would be keen to clinch more points to inch away from the root of the S.League table.
The rejuvenated Eagles and the rampant Tigers, will lock horns for the third time this season and the enthralling fixture, will be a ‘live’ televised encounter.
It was Balestier, whom emerged triumphant in the first time round in March, as the Tigers narrowly eked out a 2-1 win at Toa Payoh Stadium, before both teams shared the spoils at Jalan Besar Stadium in May, with Bruno Castanheira netting a sublime curling equalizer in injury time, to conclude a 2-2 draw.
This time round, both teams are desperate for a victory as three points will propel them up the table for various reasons. The Tigers will have a golden opportunity to move back into the top three spots of the S.League, whilst a victory for the Bedok-based club will finally move them out of their current rock bottom spot.
The task does not become any easier for either side, as Jozef Kaplan and Miroslav Kristic will spearhead the attack for Geylang and Balestier, respectively. Both strikers are currently in the running for the S.League’s ‘Golden Boot’ award as Kaplan has netted 10 goals, whilst Kristic has scored 12 goals so far. They are very close to the current leading goal scorer, Rafael Ramazotti from Brunei DPMM, whom has 14 goals.
Geylang will be wary of the lightning speed and mazy dribbles of both Zulkiffli Hassim and Ignatius Ang, whom will be marauding both flanks. Balestier’s midfield maestro Tarik Cmajcanin will be pulling the strings in the middle of the park and his deadly vision might just set up Robert Pericic and company, in line for a goal.
However, Balestier’s task will be made harder as the Tigers will miss regular starters, Yusiskandar Yusop and Poh Yi Feng, whom were sent off in their last game, against the Warriors.
Meanwhile, over at the Eagles’ camp, Geylang’s defence received a timely boost, through Kento Fukuda, Yuki Ichikawa and Syed Thaha. The back-line guardians will return to action, after recuperating from their respective knee injuries. Unfortunately, the Eagles’ will still be without, Anaz Hadee, as the wing-back serves his two-game suspension after his dismissal, against Courts Young Lions.
Bruno Castanheira recovered well from an ankle injury and may partner the volatile Slovakian, Kaplan upfront again. Throughout the season, Castanheira, has found himself in several good positions to score, but his lack of composure affected his accuracy at times. With a renewed sense of confidence, the Eagle’s samba boy, is ready to turn up the heat and targets at least a goal in each match, to raise his individual tally to 10 goals, before the season concludes.
In this S.League season, Geylang have only enjoyed victories against traditional powerhouses, Home United, Tampines Rovers and Warriors. With the players making their returns from injuries and with the team, being a labelled as a giant-killer, the Eagles will be gunning for the Tigers’ scalps and a much-needed win, to get their season, back on track.
As such, Geylang’s Head Coach Jorg Steinbrunner, will be hoping for a much-improved performance from his charges, in a game they cannot afford to lose, if they want to get out of the hell hole, tenth and last spot.
That said, expect much end-to-end action at Jalan Besar, and the more clinical of the two to edge out the other, in what should be a goals-galore encounter.