If there was any doubt why many punters and fans have make the champions favourite again for the title, it was gone by the end of the night as Tampines run riot with Derby rival Geylang at Bedok.
It was the Eastern Derby which the Eagles was to show they were back, or at least proved it was the first step on their way back to the top again, after their re-branding in pre-season when they were the first club to announce their squad and a change back to the name Geylang International.
But after a 0-5 drubbing the reality is the club is still far from their glory days of the SPL era.
The champions were good but they were help by a number of Eagles mistakes time and time again on the pitch as Sead Hadzibulic, Shaiful Esah, Firdaus Kasman, Jamil Ali and Khairul Amri notched their goals.
Whether it was because the Bedok players have not gel yet and it was just an off day time will tell but after this result, they do not have much of it at all.
In another match, Hougang open their account with a 1-0 win over Courts Young Lions at Jalan Besar.
Syaqir Bin Sulaiman got the winner.
Takuma Ito (GK), Khairulnizam Jumahat (Wahyudi Wahid 83'), Delwinder Singh, Norihiro Kawakami, Duncan Elias (Amy Recha 44'), Fabian Kwok, Shah Hirul (Taufiq Ghani 76'), Yasir Hanapi, Jozef Kaplan (C), Jalal, Shotaro Ihata.
Sasa Dreven (GK), Jufri Taha, Kunihiro Yamashita, Seiji Kaneko, Shaiful Esah, Firdaus Kasman, Mustafic Fahrudin (C), Martin Wagner (Shannon Stephen 70'), Jamil Ali, Shahdan Sulaiman (Khairul Amri 76'), Sead Hadzibulic (Ismadi Mukhtar 83')
Rudy Khairullah (GK), Al-Qaasimy Rahmann (C), Nurullah Hussein, Firman Hanif, Emmeric Ong, Anumanthan Kumar (Ignatius Ang 50'), Shamil Sharif, Nur Ridho (Faiz Salleh 73'), Afiq Noor, Sahil Suhaim, Sufianto Salleh (Tajeli Salamat 80')
Fadhil Salim (GK), Syaqir Sulaiman, Hasree Zais, Lau Meng Meng (C), Jeremy Chiang, Thomas Beattie, Baker Jerome (Fazli Jaffar 62'), Sobrie Mazelan, Fairoz Hasan (Faizal Amir 62'), Mamadou Diallo, Eziakor Robert (Liam Shotton 74')