Geylang International FC

Recharged Eagles Ready To Take Flight Against Young Lions

11895287_1130344073646753_4761808340299146439_oGeylang International FC pay a visit to the Jalan Besar Stadium on Sunday evening, to face the rejuvenated, Courts Young Lions. With just two points from seven S.League matches, after the season resumed in July, the Eagles are desperately hungry for a victory, in a bid to get out of the rock-bottom spot of the table.

The Bedok-based club are currently on an unbeaten streak as they managed two back-to-back draws against Warriors and Tigers, in the past weeks. Nevertheless, the Eagles’ last defeat was handed by the Young Lions, themselves, barely a month ago at the Bedok Stadium. Geylang had to succumb to a 3-1 defeat, as Jozef Kaplan’s early goal was cancelled out by the assiduous visitors with a comeback victory.

With that in mind, Jorg Steinebrunner and his charges would be cautious, so as to not repeat the anti-climax and also attempt to gain redemption of some sort by exacting revenge on the Singapore developmental side.

With that said, Geylang also cannot take the threat of Young Lions lightly, as Juergen Raab’s introduction has spurred his charges to clinch 15 points in 13 games, including splendid victories against powerhouses, Tampines and Warriors.

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Currently, both teams are in similar situations, as Geylang are currently sitting at the foot of the table, with two games in hand and five points away from the Young Lions, whom are second from bottom.

Geylang will be counting on their sizzling hot strikers, Bruno Castanheira and Jozef Kaplan to lead the offensive line for the goals. With Castanheira and Kaplan scoring 13 of Geylang’s 18 league goals this season, both forwards aspire to net more goals in the last nine games of the season, to reach their individual targets.

Adding to the Eagles’ delight, Yuki Ichikawa has successfully recovered from his knee injury and will be available for a spot in the starting line-up. The towering Japanese defender would be an added reinforcement to strengthen the Eagles’ defensive steel, with Anaz Hadee and Syed Thaha, both returning to the starting line-up, as well.

A tough battle in midfield is also expected, as the Young Lions’ midfielders, Ammirul Emmaran and Afiq Noor would be looking to continue their box-to-box running antics, while the Eagles’ partnership of midfield dynamo, Nor Azli Yusoff and either Yuki Ichikawa or Mustaqim Manzur, would be trying to put a halt to it.

Courts Young Lions, however, will be without their star midfielder, Adam Swand, as the former FC Metz U-19 player, has been called-up for national service. With the Young Lions set to lose Adam Swandi for the rest of the season, Raab may turn to Nur Na’iim Ishak for the goals. Most of Na’iim’s appearances have come off the bench, but he has been a bright spark to the team whenever he enters as a super-substitute.

Apart from Na’iim, the Eagles have to look out for their opposition’s speedy winger, Shameer Aziq, whom has been in good form recently, as he has netted a goal each, in his three previous games.

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With the attacking unit tasked with getting the goals, the Young Lions’ diligent defensive duo,  Amirul Adli and Anumanthan Kumar would be leading the back-line at the coveted Jalan Besar Stadium, as the Singapore developmental side attempt to earn their first ‘home’ win of the season.

That said, expect much end-to-end action at Jalan Besar, and all eyes are set to be on the Eagles as a win against the Young Lions, will reduce the gap to just two points. Furthermore, it is also high-time that Geylang rack up points as they cannot afford to drop any points, if they want to avoid finishing last.

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