Singapore Premier League • October 16, 2014

More At Stake For Warriors Than Pride In Derby


Home United vs Warriors FC

(October 17, Friday, 7.30pm, Jalan Besar Stadium)

Written by: Kenneth Ho

It has been a while, but title-aspirants Home United and Warriors FC will lock horns in the last uniformed derby of the 2014 Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League season that could affect either sides’ chance of winning the title.

Sitting in second place with 44 points, the Warriors can finally go top of the league, albeit playing a game, if they win tonight to overtake Brunei DPMM, who have 46 points.

However, this will be easier said than done, considering Home too are looking to cut the deficit in the title race with three games remaining, as they are behind the league leaders by five points.

History also favours Home, as the Warriors are winless against the Protectors in the league for two seasons running.

However, Warriors coach Alex Weaver is confident of his side’s chances, especially since they come into this game on the back of a 3-2 defeat of DPMM previously.

“I mean, they [Home] are a good team but we’ve gone away from home, we’ve beaten Brunei twice, we beat Tampines and some good teams,” Weaver said.

“At this stage of the season, they know exactly what’s on the line, what they have to do. They are well-prepared as they normally are but at this stage of the season, they should know what they should focus on.”

For Home, while they will have a fairly healthy squad to pick from, they will be missing Sirina Camara who will sit out this match as he serves a suspension.

This could see versatile youngster Song Inyoung coming into the side, to replace Camara in either defence or midfield.

Suspension: Sirina Camara (Home United)

Key Men To Watch

Home United: Lee Kwan Woo

The South Korean has not grabbed the headlines as often as he did last year, but that is because Home has invested this season to bring in fearsome players with excellent attacking qualities.

However, make no mistake, without Lee to dictate play, Home will have a hard time providing ammunition to those attackers.

Warriors FC: Nicholas Velez

The club are already looking to tie Velez down for the next season, and no wonder at the 19-goal so far marksman. With only three games left, Velez will be looking to help his side win the title and go past the 20-goal mark.

Blessed with pace and mobility, Home will need to look out for Velez in this game.

Home United – LWDWL

2/10/14    Home United 0-1 Tampines Rovers

25/9/14    Brunei DPMM 3-2 Home United (RHB Singapore Cup SF 2nd Leg 4-3 on aggregate)

23/9/14    Home United 1-1 Brunei DPMM (RHB Singapore Cup SF 1st Leg)

17/9/14    Brunei DPMM 1-2 Home United

28/8/14    Home United 0-3 Courts Young Lions

Warriors FC – WLWDW

7/10/14    Brunei DPMM 2-3 Warriors FC

1/10/14    Warriors FC 0-1 Balestier Khalsa

29/8/14    Warriors FC 2-0 Tampines Rovers

24/8/14    Home United 2-2 Warriors FC

20/8/14    Warriors FC 4-1 Courts Young Lions

Head to Head (S.League)

24/8/14    Home United 2-2 Warriors FC

2/5/14      Warriors FC 1-4 Home United

2/8/13      Warriors FC 0-1 Home United

15/4/13    Home United 1-1 Warriors FC

12/7/12    Home United 0-3 Warriors FC

4/3/12      Warriors FC 3-3 Home United

16/10/11  Warriors FC 0-4 Home United

6/7/11       Home United 3-2 Warriors FC

7/4/11       Warriors FC 2-0 Home United