Singapore Premier League • June 22, 2014
DPMM Look To Extend Lead At The Top
Harimau Muda vs Brunei DPMM
(June 22, Sunday, 8.45pm, Pasir Gudang Stadium)
Written by: Muhammad Yazid
It is a clash between top and bottom as Brunei DPMM travel to Malaysia for the first time this season to face a young Harimau Muda side.
The Young Tigers are currently at the root of the table but level on points with Courts Young Lions after their most recent 3-2 comeback victory over Geylang International.
Thus, a positive result for the Malaysian side will see them leapfrog the developmental side if the latter fail to gain any point in their battle against Albirex Niigata (S).
DPMM on the other hand are proudly sitting on top of the table with three points ahead of their closest competitors Tampines Rovers and would be keen to extend their lead.
Thanks to their fantastic run earlier this season, DPMM are still at the peak of the table despite succumbing to a three-game winless streak weeks ago.
Steve Kean should certainly be pleased that the streak ended after their 3-2 win over Young Lions, and would be hoping for his charges to continue their winning ways.
The last time these two sides met, spectators were rewarded with a goal-galore game, as the Wasps thrashed Harimau 5-0.
With Harimau slowly rising up the ranks in terms of performance, it may not be a similar story.
Nevertheless, expect DPMM to display plenty of attacking action, with the likes of Rodrigo Tosi, Roy O’Donovan and Roberto Alviz.
This attacking trio has been arguably the most consistent in the league as they are responsible for 29 of the 38 goals DPMM have bagged in so far this season.
Key Men To Watch
Harimau Muda: Ramzi Sufian
Ramzi has been getting into the scoresheet time and time again, and has scored more than half the goals of Harimau.
He was the hero of the night in the game against Geylang International, as he came on as a late substitute and pulled in a late crucial winner to send his team into raptures.
Currently with eight goals, expect the young forward to constantly tease the Bruneian defence with his pace and trickery.
Brunei DPMM: Joe Gamble
Talk about having a midfielder who controls the game, and Gamble is the one of the first players to come in our minds.
He supports the back four whenever needed and involves himself in attacks. The box-to-box midfielder had 83% of his tackles successful while 73% of his passes were accurate in the game against Tampines Rovers more than a week ago.
Harimau Muda – WLLLL
19/6/14 Geylang International 2-3 Harimau Muda
13/6/14 Harimau Muda 0-1 Tampines Rovers
10/6/14 Home United 3-1 Harimau Muda
5/6/14 Harimau Muda 2-4 Warriors FC
29/5/14 Harimau Muda (5) 1-1 (6P) (AET) Tampines Rovers (RHB Singapore Cup)
Brunei DPMM – WDLLW
18/6/14 Courts Young Lions 2-3 Brunei DPMM
14/6/14 Brunei DPMM 0-0 Geylang International
10/6/14 Tampines Rovers 2-1 Brunei DPMM
6/6/14 Brunei DPMM 2-3 Home United
31/5/14 Global FC 0-7 Brunei DPMM (RHB Singapore Cup)
Head to Head (S.League)
11/4/14 Brunei DPMM 5-0 Harimau Muda
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