Singapore Premier League • July 19, 2023

2023 Singapore Premier League Matchweek 22: Preview


Tanjong Pagar United’s Akram Azman in action against Lion City Sailors, 1 July 2023.


SINGAPORE, 19 July 2023 – Matchweek 22 gets underway when Lion City Sailors face off against Tanjong Pagar United in hopes of breaking their losing streak. Meanwhile, Balestier Khalsa will continue chasing the top three when they play Hougang United on Friday.


Saturday will see league leaders Albirex Niigata (S) match up against bottom-of-the-table Young Lions, with the White Swans aiming to get ahead in the title race. Elsewhere, the Eastern Derby awaits us as Tampines Rovers and Geylang International get ready to battle for the third and final time this season.


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Sailors aim to rebound

Lion City Sailors vs Tanjong Pagar United | 20 July | 7.45pm | Bishan Stadium | Singtel Ch 111, StarHub Ch 201


Team news for Sailors :  Abdul Rasaq fully fit and ready to start.

Team news for Tanjong Pagar : Mirko Sugic is suspended for this match.



  • Tanjong Pagar United have not scored more than one goal in any match against the Lion City Sailors since the 2020 SPL season.
  • Tanjong Pagar United has conceded the most goals to Lion City Sailors this season, letting in 10 goals in just two games.
  • After losing to Albirex Niigata (S), the Sailors have recorded consecutive losses for the first time this season.
  • Sailors winger Maxime Lestienne has recorded a goal contribution or more in 16 of the club’s 19 games.

Lion City Sailors’ Nur Adam in action against Young Lions, 7 July 2023.


Tigers close in on top three
Balestier Khalsa vs Hougang United | 21 July | 7.45pm | Bishan Stadium | Singtel Ch 111, StarHub Ch 201


Team news for Balestier :  Lewis Lee, Iqram Rifqi, Fabian Kwok, Puvan Raj and Mukundan Maran are out injured.


  • Hougang United have won 18, drawn 7 and lost 15 times to Balestier Khalsa across all competitions since the 2011 S.League season.
  • Hougang United is the only club that has scored more goals in the first half than in the second half. 13 of the Cheetahs’ 22 goals have been scored in the first half.
  • Balestier Khalsa is one of two clubs that have not kept a single clean sheet this season.
  • Tigers midfielder Ryoya Taniguchi is the first player to hit 20 goals, after achieving his seventh brace of the season last matchweek.

Hougang United’s Ajay Robson in action against Tampines Rovers, 6 July 2023.


League leaders look to stay ahead in title race
Albirex Niigata vs Young Lions | 22 July | 6.00pm | Jurong East Stadium | Singtel Ch 111, StarHub Ch 201


Team news for Albirex Niigata (S) : Hassan Sunny is a doubt for the game due to injury.

 Team news for Young Lions :  Jared Gallagher and Harith Kanadi are suspended for this match.



  • Young Lions scored two goals against Albirex Niigata (S) when they last met on Matchweek 18. The previous time they managed more than one goal against the White Swans was during the 2014 S.League season.
  • Young Lions have the most goal scorers this season – 14 different players have scored in 19 games.
  • Young Lions have not won an away game this season. They last won an away game during 2021 SPL season in a 3-1 victory over Hougang United on Matchweek 21.
  • Albirex Niigata (S) have six players with five or more goals this season, the most of any club.

Young Lions’ Farhan Zulkifli in action against Tampines Rovers, 15 July 2023.


Final Eastern Derby
Tampines Rovers vs Geylang International | 22 July | 6.00pm | Our Tampines Hub | Singtel Ch 112, StarHub Ch 202 (delayed telecast)


 Team news for Geylang International: Huzaifah Aziz and Vincent Bezecourt are out due to ACL injuries.


  • Tampines Rovers and Geylang International have been evenly matched this season. Both matches have ended in a 1-1 draw.
  • Stags winger and midfielder Joel Chew has racked up nine assists this season, one more than his eight assists over the previous four SPL seasons.
  • 14 of the Eagles’ 24 points have come from games at Our Tampines Hub.
  • Eagles midfielder Takahiro Tezuka is one of nine players in the league that has played every minute.

Geylang United’s Yushi Yamaya in action against Tanjong Pagar, 15 July 2023.


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