Saturday, June 26, 2010

S-league Preview

Last week Preview- Got 1 right and 5 wrong

Home United vs Tampines Rovers
The Protectors first real test after 3 win on the trot. That run will end as the Stags are a different kettle from the strugglers that the Protectors have met recently. I do not believe the Protectors can match up to a championship winning team this season under Assistant Lee. 3-1 to the Stags

Sengkang Punggol vs Young Lions
It is Sengkang Punggol so that enough reason to back the Young Lions even if they are playing away from the Cubs Den. The Dolphins is unlikely to score and if they do not score they cannot hope to get anything from a football match. 2-0 to the Cubs

SAFFC vs Etoile FC
The Warriors defence has been a disappointment this campaign. One looked at it and it tell us the story. Razaleigh Khalik and Syaiful Iskandar are a disappointment. Hafiz Osman is plagued by inconsistent performances. Ivan Lovric is decent but exposed by a lacked of pace. Daniel Bennett (have shown he still got it but) is alone. Shaiful Esah is out injured. Shahril Jantan has make many saves but this season, he has make a number of high profile mistakes at curial moments like the Singapore Cup defeat when he let a ball slip out to hand the Thai side a 4-3 lead with 10 minutes to go. So the question is what defence when compared with Etoile FC. (Next week is attack) 1-0 to Etoile FC

Balestier Khalsa vs Home United
This is a match that is more to Home United strength. They can defeat the Tigers but this season the Tigers have shown more bite to add to their determination. I am not sure the Tigers will go down in this match so a repeat of the Clementi result is a possibility. 2-2 draw

Gombak United vs Woodlands Wellington
There is 2 reasons to back the Bulls this week and it is Abdelhadi Laakkad and Kazuki Yoshino. The Moroccan forward is still out while the Japanese defender is suspended. This is a big blow to any team especially one as weak as the Rams. One cannot see how they can cope with the loss of these 2 key players and they can only hope the Bulls loser mentality triumphed. 2-0 to the Bulls

Albirex Niigata (S) vs Beijing Gouan (S)
It has a draw written all over it. The White Swans and Beijing are neither in a rut nor a flash of form. They are equally matched and neither of the side have that extra-special player to tear them apart. 1-1 draw

Geylang United vs Tampines Rovers
Revenge for the Stags in the Eastern Derby. The Eagles are now on a downward slide down the table and the high of third place is a memory. The Bedok side will be lucky to be in the top half of the table after this week. The Stags is chasing the championship and they will not be in a generous mood. 3-0 to the Stags

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