Singapore Premier League • May 16, 2024

2024/25 Singapore Premier League Matchweek 2: Preview


Geylang International and BG Tampines Rovers in Singapore Premier League action, 2 July 2023.


SINGAPORE, 16 May 2024 – The action continues in the new season of the Singapore Premier League (SPL) as Match Week 2 starts with the hotly contested Eastern Derby between Geylang International and BG Tampines Rovers on Friday at the Jalan Besar Stadium.


Albirex Niigata (S) will be looking to bounce back from their opening day loss as they welcome Hougang United to the Jurong East Stadium. Meanwhile, Lion City Sailors aim to extend their 100 percent start to the season when they host the Young Lions at Bishan Stadium.


The final game of the week will see Tanjong Pagar United playing their first match of the new season as they entertain Balestier Khalsa at Jurong East Stadium and hoping to start the campaign with a positive result.


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Eagles and Stags clash in first Eastern Derby of the season

Geylang International vs BG Tampines Rovers | 17 May | 7.45pm | Jalan Besar Stadium| Singtel Ch 111, StarHub Ch HS2

Team news for Geylang International: Rio Sakuma will be out for the game due to injury

Team news for BG Tampines Rovers:  No team news

  • The Eagles will aim to fortify their defence following a setback in their opening match against Balestier, where they surrendered a two-goal lead. They will be without Japanese defender Rio Sakuma who is recovering from an injury.
  • BG Tampines Rovers are riding high on momentum after defeating defending champions Albirex Niigata (S) in their season opener with Seia Kunori looking to add to his two goals scored on opening day.

BG Tampines Rovers’ players celebrating a goal against Albirex Niigata (S), 12 May 2024.



Albirex and Hougang aim to recover from opening day defeats

Albirex Niigata (S) vs Hougang United | 18 May | 6.00pm | Jurong East Stadium| Singtel Ch 113, StarHub Ch HS2

Team news for Albirex Niigata (S): Players are feeling good and looking forward to home opener

Team news for Hougang United: All players are good to go for the game


  • Albirex Niigata (S) will be looking to rebound from a disappointing loss in the new league campaign as they welcome Hougang United to the Jurong East Stadium for their first home game of the season.
  • The Cheetahs are eager to recover from their own setback last weekend, as they hope to disrupt the hosts’ plans and secure a victory on their turf.

Hougang United’s Ajay Robson in action against Lion City Sailors, 10 May 2024.


Sailors look to maintain perfect start to the season

Lion City Sailors vs Young Lions | 18 May | 6.00pm | Bishan Stadium| Singtel Ch 112, StarHub Ch HS2

Team news for Lion City Sailors: Abdul Rasaq is still not ready to be involved yet

Team news for Young Lions: New signing Rashid Hayek will look to be involved in the match



  • Lion City Sailors will start as favorites when they host the Young Lions at Bishan Stadium. Fueled by an anticipated enthusiastic home support, the Sailors have set their sights on maintaining a perfect start to their 2024/25 season.


  • The Young Lions faced a tough break in their previous match against Brunei DPMM, going down by a solitary goal. Nazri Nasir’s charges will be determined to regroup and look to put on a strong performance against the hosts.

 Young Lions’ Nur Adam in action against Brunei DPMM, 11 May 2024.


Tanjong Pagar start their season proper against Balestier

Tanjong Pagar United vs Balestier Khalsa | 19 May | 6.00pm | Jurong East Stadium | Singtel Ch 112, StarHub Ch HS1

Team news for Tanjong Pagar United:  Salif Cisse and Pathy Malumandsoko are out injured while Farid is suspended.


Team news for Balestier Khalsa:  Syukri Noorhaizam, Elijah Lim are still recovering from injuries


  • Tanjong Pagar will kick off their 2024/25 league season in earnest as they face Balestier Khalsa at the Jurong East Stadium on Sunday. The Jaguars have bolstered their squad with quality additions and are aiming to deliver a stronger performance as compared to last season.
  • After a remarkable comeback from a two-goal deficit to secure a well-deserved draw against the Eagles, Balestier Khalsa will aim to elevate their performance against Tanjong Pagar in this match.

Balestier Khalsa’s Jordan Emaviwe in action against Geylang International, 10 May 2024.


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