Singapore Premier League • April 10, 2014

Uphill Task for Harimau Against High Flying DPMM

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Brunei DPMM vs Harimau Muda

(April 11, Friday, 8.15pm, Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium)

Written by: Khalis Rifhan

It will be an uphill task for Harimau Muda when they visit the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium to face Brunei DPMM who have displayed an ultra attacking mindset under new coach Steve Kean in this year’s Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League.

Results have not gone in the way of the Malaysian developmental side, as they have lost all their matches and conceded a staggering 17 goals in six games. Although Razip Ismail’s side have shown their ability to put up a good resistance to their opponents, they have been let down by poor finishing from their strikers.

While DPMM have strolled past their opponents with ease, there have been minor hiccups too when they were held to a draw by Geylang International and a 2-1 reverse to Tampines Rovers.

But despite those setbacks, DPMM are trailing leaders Tampines by only two points in the league table and have the meanest defence, conceding a mere four goals in six games.

DPMM’s spine this campaign have been the majestic form of their foreign legion, namely Rodrigo Tosi, Roy O’Donovan and Roberto Alviz

The trio have contributed to 12 goals for DPMM with Tosi banging in six goals, including a brace in their previous match against Courts Young Lions.

Still no end in sight for experienced defender Asri Mardzuki who has yet to pass his fitness test due to irregular heartbeat, Razip will have to rely on Syawal Nordin to continue marshalling the defence and attempt to halt DPMM’s trio from penetrating their backline.

There are more uncertainties in Harimau’’s camp as first choice goalkeeper Ramdhan Hamid might be unavailable for this match after he was injured in their 3-0 loss to Geylang International a week ago while midfielder Irfan Zakaria is still recovering from an ankle injury.

Key Men to Watch:

Brunei DPMM: Rodrigo Tosi

Tosi. the only foreign player to be retained by the Sultanate’s club from the previous season, has faithfully repaid the club’s trust in him by hitting the net six times in six matches.

The Brazilian work rate is commendable too as he is often seen dropping back into his own half to assist the team with defensive duties and using his height to an advantage when faced with set-piece situations.

A typical no-nonsense striker, Tosi is not known for his nifty footwork but one that prefers to shoot on sight even from a distance.

Harimau Muda: Syawal Nordin

One of the more consistent and calm headed defender, Syawal showed leadership quality as he will never fail to try and lift up the team’s morale whenever they concede a goal.

The 20-year-old has no issue in tackling the aerial threats in Harimau’s penalty box and sweeping the ball away swiftly from their defensive area.

But one man is not enough to carry the defensive burden of the team and Syawal will be hoping that his teammates step up and put forth a better performance to hopefully bring home a point from Brunei.

Brunei DPMM – WDLWW

6/4/14      Brunei DPMM 6-1 Courts Young Lions

28/3/14    Geylang International 1-1 Brunei DPMM

23/3/14    Brunei DPMM 1-2 Tampines Rovers

14/3/14    Home United 0-3 Brunei DPMM

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

Harimau Muda – LLLLL

3/4/14      Harimau Muda 0-3 Geylang International

27/3/14    Tampines Rovers 3-2 Harimau Muda

23/3/14    Harimau Muda 0-2 Home United

12/3/14    Warriors FC 3-0 Harimau Muda

27/2/14    Albirex Niigata (S) 3-0 Harimau Muda

Head to Head (S.League)

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

18/9/13    Brunei DPMM 3-1 Harimau Muda

1/5/13      Harimau Muda 2-1 Brunei DPMM

26/8/12    Brunei DPMM 1-2 Harimau Muda

22/3/12    Harimau Muda 1-1 Brunei DPMM