Singapore Premier League • April 14, 2022

2022 Singapore Premier League Matchweek 7: Preview – Part 2


Young Lions defender Jordan Emaviwe plays the ball, 6 April 2022.


SINGAPORE, 14 APRIL 2022 – Sit tight, for there are two more fixtures coming your way for the month of April as the Young Lions host Geylang International this Saturday before travelling to the east to take on Tampines Rovers next Wednesday. ALL LIVE on our YouTube channel and meWATCH!


READ: Matchweek 7 Roundup – Part 1


Young Lions look to break duck
Young Lions vs Geylang International |
16 Apr | 8.30pm | Jalan Besar | Singtel Ch 112, StarHub Ch 201


Team news: Young Lions will continue to miss the key duo of Zulqarnaen Suzliman and Ilhan Fandi through injury, but defenders Syed Akmal and Harith Kanadi are set to return after missing the past couple of matches.


Geylang have issues in defence with reliable right-back Fadli Kamis ruled out for the next few months due to an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, while Faizal Roslan will serve the second of his two-match suspension. Abdil Qaiyyim is an injury doubt along with young midfielder Khairul Hairie.



  • The last time both sides met in August 2021, Young Lions defeated Geylang for the first time in six encounters.
  • Young Lions’ last four wins (August 2021, June 2019, August 2015, September 2013) against Geylang have come on the road; their last victory over the Eagles at Jalan Besar was in March 2011 (3-2).
  • Young Lions have lost their last six games at home since a 4-2 win over Balestier Khalsa in August 2021.
  • Young Lions have conceded in their last 41 matches – a run that goes back all the way till September 2019.
  • Anything less than a point will see Young Lions lose their opening six games for the first time since 2017 when they were defeated in their first seven.
  • Geylang’s Šime Žužul has scored three in his last two outings against Young Lions.


Stags eye return to winning ways
Tampines Rovers vs Young Lions | 20 Apr | 8.30pm | Our Tampines Hub | Singtel Ch 111, StarHub Ch 201


Team news: Tampines have a full-strength squad to call upon, with young centre-back Ryaan Sanizal fit to feature despite coming off through injury the last time out.



  • Tampines are undefeated in the last eight encounters, since Young Lions came from behind to win 2-1 at Jalan Besar in August 2018.
  • The last time Tampines lost a home game against Young Lions was in October 2015 – 1-0 at Jurong West. Current Stag Syazwan Buhari was in goal for the visitors then.
  • Tampines were held to 3-3 draws in their last two league games, but are undefeated in four since being defeated 1-0 by Lion City Sailors earlier in March.
  • Tampines have won just one of their last five home games.
  • Tampines and Young Lions are the remaining three teams, along with Hougang United, yet to keep a clean sheet this season.
  • Tampines’ Boris Kopitović has scored eight goals in his last four games; he has the opportunity here to net in five straight games for the first time in his SPL career.
  • Tampines’ Taufik Suparno scored in each of his last two outings against Young Lions.


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