Monday, May 23, 2011

S-league Preview XV

S-league Preview XIV - 2 right with 5 wrong

Mon 23-May Hougang United - Etoile FC (HGG)
Tue 24-May Gombak United - Courts Young Lions (JWS)
Wed 25-May Balestier Khalsa - Geylang United (TPY)
Thu 26-May Woodlands Wellington - SAFFC (WDL)
Thu 26-May Etoile FC - Albirex Niigata (S) (QTN)
Fri 27-May Home United - TPUFC (JBS) 
Sat 28-May Courts Young Lions - Hougang United (JBS)
Sun 29-May SAFFC - Balestier Khalsa (CCK)

Hougang United vs Etoile FC
The Cheetahs have won a famous win over two-times champions Tampines Rovers last week but I can tell you the biggest cheers could have come from their opponents this week. Thanks to that result, the champions can now close the gap at the top to within one point as they have two games in hand. It will have to start with Hougang though and last week win could have boasted their morale so the champions can expect a tough battle. The champions are starting to gel thus can still walk away from Hougang with full points but it will not be easy. 3-1 to Etoile FC
Gombak United vs Courts Young Lions
A match of two contrasting style with the home side emphasizing physical football while the away team is seeking to learn a more technical side of the game. I have hoped the Bulls will start to play more like the away side one day but obvious it will not start against the Cubs. Their style will be a challenge to any team as they have some big guns out there in their attack and defence who could out muscle men older than the Cubs, yet alone the Cubs. It will be a physical battle and one the Cubs will learn from. 2-1 to Gombak

Balestier Khalsa vs Geylang United     
The Tigers are fading away and their coach Salim Moin have acknowledged he has to put a stop to that. It is not an easy task as the first team he has put out in the last few weeks were the best the Tigers can offer so who can he turn to. That is why he has to know why a team which has collected 13 points in their first 10 matches (A good result considering their squad) have now gone haywire and is on the end of a thrashing match after match. 2-1 to Geylang

Woodlands Wellington vs SAFFC
The Warriors must be hoping it is not the repeat of the Tanjong Pagar nightmare and it should not reach that point. If they have not been woken up by that result then the warning from their management after that should be good enough as their jobs is on the line if they fucked up again. 4-0 to SAFFC

Etoile FC vs Albirex Niigata (S)
The champions have their second difficult task on their hands this week. It is Albirex Niigata (S), a side who have shown they can take on the big boys on their day. Will it be their day on Thursday? It could well be as they have boasted by their win over SAFFC and Home United. And the champions just have a tough encounter earlier this week so they will be extended by that. 2-2 draw

Home United vs TPUFC     
The Protectors need an easy game after their disappointment last week when they have the chance to go top but failed. The Jaguars looked that part but the last time I wrote that SAFFC need an easy prey and the jaguars looked that part, the Jaguars shocked the whole football world by nearly defeating the Warriors and the eight-time champions only escaped with a point. Surely it will not happened again and it should not. The Protectors want to be champions then it time to pick up points again. 4-0 to Home

Courts Young Lions vs Hougang United 
The Cubs and Cheetahs will expect a good result against each other. Both are within their rights to believe they can defeat each other as both have shown they can get good results on their day. Considering the Cubs victories over the Eagles and Tigers have come at Jalan Besar, the edge must be with them. 2-1 to Courts Young Lions  

SAFFC vs Balestier Khalsa 
Another game the Warriors should pick up full points and keep up the pressure on the S-league race. The Tigers are on a free-fall so it will good for the Warriors to boast their goal difference as thanks to some disappointing performances and results they have the worst goal difference of the top 4. It may or may not proved a difference come the end but remember 1998 when it did. 3-0 to SAFFC

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