Singapore Premier League • May 7, 2014
Confident Young Lions Take On Protectors
Courts Young Lions vs Home United
(May 7, Wednesday, 7.30pm, Jalan Besar Stadium)
Written by: Kenneth Ho
A confident Courts Young Lions will take on Home United in Jalan Besar Stadium after an impressive outing the last time round.
Earning their second win of the season in style, they put three unanswered goals past Hougang United to earn their first clean sheet of the season along the way.
However, they will be missing the man who had a hand in all three goals in that match, as Sahil Suhaimi will sit out two games following his dismissal in the game against the Cheetahs.
Young Lions goalkeeper Syazwan Buhari put on a fantastic display against the Cheetahs last time out, and he will need to continue that form, especially when his side come up against Home.
The Protectors crashed to a shocking 4-0 defeat by Albirex Niigata, but rebounded to stun title and traditional rivals Warriors FC 4-1 last week.
This fact was not lost on Young Lions coach Aide Iskandar, who urged his charges to maintain their focus and provide a stern test for the Protectors.
The holy trinity of Fazrul Nawaz, Qiu Li and Bruno Castanheira up front have been causing damage to most defences, and they have been suitably supported by 2013 Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League Player of the Year Lee Kwan Woo as his intelligent passes have confounded defences and allowed the aforementioned trio to have clear runs at goal.
A big win over Warriors would have boosted the Home camping ground, and there is no one more dangerous than a Home side confident in out-scoring their opponents.
Suspension: Sahil Suhaimi (Courts Young Lions)
Key Men To Watch
Courts Young Lions: Syazwan Buhari
The goalkeeper was in splendid form against Hougang in the last match to help his side gain their first clean sheet of the season,
Without Sahil, the attacking threat from the Young Lions have greatly diminished and at best they should be looking at getting a point from this fixture.
Against a dangerous Home who come into this match of the back of a morale-boosting 4-1 win over their traditional rivals Warriors FC, Syazwan will be an important figure in this match.
Home United: Bruno Castanheira
There is simply too many key players to watch out for in this Home side brimming with an array of attacking talents but Castanheira should be a good choice.
Strong off the ball, the forward is also technically gifted. His ability to either run with the ball or hold it up for his teammates to run onto has become very valuable and it is no coincidence his return from injury has coincided with his club’s recent run of wins.
With four goals to his name, Castanheira can come up with the goods when required and there is a high chance he may do just that against Young Lions.
Courts Young Lions – WLWLL
02/5/14 Hougang United 0-3 Courts Young Lions
24/4/14 Courts Young Lions 2-3 Warriors FC
20/4/14 Harimau Muda 2-3 Courts Young Lions
10/4/14 Courts Young Lions 1-2 Albirex Niigata (S)
6/4/14 Brunei DPMM 6-1 Courts Young Lions
Home United – WLWWW
02/5/14 Warriors FC 1-4 Home United
27/4/14 Albirex Niigata (S) 4-2 Home United
23/4/14 Persipura Jayapura 2-0 Home United (AFC Cup)
17/4/14 Home United 4-0 Tanjong Pagar United
13/4/14 Woodlands Wellington 0-3 Home United
Head to Head (S.League)
30/8/13 Home United 1-0 Courts Young Lions
25/4/13 Courts Young Lions 0-2 Home United
1/11/12 Courts Young Lions 0-0 Home United
13/5/12 Home United 3-1 Courts Young Lions
29/10/11 Courts Young Lions 0-2 Home United
28/9/11 Home United 2-0 Courts Young Lions
20/4/11 Courts Young Lions 0-1 Home United