Singapore Premier League • March 14, 2014

Protectors Aim To Halt Wasps Winning Run

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Home United vs Brunei DPMM

(March 14, Friday, 7.30pm, Jalan Besar Stadium)

Written by: Phoon Jia Hui

Victories over Albirex Niigata (Singapore) and Warriors FC in their opening two matches has put Brunei DPMM at the top of the Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League table, but they face their toughest test yet in the form of Home United.

Steve Kean’s side are seeking their third straight win but will not find it easy going against the Protectors who have set their sights on the league title this year and will be fired up for this encounter.

The Protectors, as Home are affectionately known as, boasts arguably the best midfielder in the S.League, Lee Kwan Woo. The former South Korean international has been a mainstay in Lee Lim Saeng’s side since his arrival in the Republic a year ago and his mere presence in the team strikes fear into their opponents

Lee’s charges ran out comfortable 4-1 winners over Geylang International the last time out and Kwan Woo was the star of the match, contributing three assists as Yasir Hanapi grabbed a brace to make Qiu Li’s absence hardly felt.

The Bishan-based club had 51% of ball possession and 14 shots on target in that match with most of their attacks coming in from the left.

Qiu will continue to miss out as he serves the second of his two-match suspension while fellow forward Bruno Castanheira could also miss out as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury.

Meanwhile, the only foreigner retained by DPMM from last season, Rodrigo Tosi, has been in inspirational form for the Wasps so far.

Tosi scored in DPMM’s first two matches and also set up his team’s second goal in their 2-0 win over Warriors FC.

The Brazilian’s influence on the team can be seen on the pitch, with both the locals and the new foreign recruits – Joe Gamble, Roberto Alviz, Boris Raspudic and ex-Sunderland player Roy O’Donovan – combining well with Tosi effectively so far.

While the limelight has been on the foreign players, captain Rosmin Kamis has contributed to the team’s stability in midfield with his tough tackling and good reading of the game.

Rosmin has a respectable 70% passing accuracy and 40% and 44% of the team’s challenges in defence and attack respectively.

Suspension: Qiu Li (Home United)

Key Men To Watch

Home United: Yasir Hanapi

Yasir Hanapi was the Protectors’ best player in their last match against Geylang International with an InStat Index score of 149, six points ahead of midfield general Lee Kwan Woo.

Yasir also registered seven shots in that match and chalked up a 72% passing accuracy. Known for his tendency to showboat on the right wing, the midfielder enjoys taking on his markers before whipping dangerous crosses into the penalty box for his teammates.

While the player is not the tallest in the industry, Yasir is not one who shirks away from aerial challenges, coming out top (60%) in the previous match.

Brunei DPMM: Rodrigo Tosi

The club’s decision to extend the Brazilian’s stay in Brunei has paid dividends in their opening two matches as the Brazilian netted the winner in their opening match and went on to play a vital role in their win over Warriors FC in their previous match.

Being a team player himself, Tosi likes to venture back to his own half and assist his teammates by doing his defensive duties. This was evident in their match against Warriors as the 30-year-old regained possession for his side in their own half on several occasions.

In the same match, the ex-Lausanne-Sport player had five attempts on goal and won 62% of aerial challenges in the opponents’ half.

Home United – DWLLW

11/3/14     Home United 1-1 Persipura Jayapura (AFC Cup)

1/3/14       Home United 4-1 Geylang International

25/2/14    New Radiant 1-0 Home United (AFC Cup)

21/2/14    Tampines Rovers 1-0 Home United

8/11/13    Home United 4-1 Tanjong Pagar (RHB Singapore Cup)

Brunei DPMM – WWDDL

28/2/14    Brunei DPMM 2-0 Warriors FC

22/2/14     Albirex Niigata (S) 0-1 Brunei DPMM

6/11/13      Brunei DPMM 2-2 Geylang International

31/10/13    Harimau Muda 2-2 Brunei DPMM

23/10/13    Warriors FC 3-2 Brunei DPMM

Head to Head (S.League)

10/5/13    Brunei DPMM 3-2 Home United

21/2/13    Home United 0-0 Brunei DPMM

29/9/12    Brunei DPMM 3-2 Home United

19/4/12    Home United 1-0 Brunei DPMM