Singapore Premier League • April 30, 2019

Singapore Premier League Week 10: Preview


SINGAPORE, 30 APRIL 2019 – The games do not let up for Brunei DPMM as the leaders face Home United in another big clash at home, though the visitors’ form has been patchy this season. Elsewhere, Balestier Khalsa are looking for a second straight win against the Young Lions, while Albirex Niigata (S) will be keen to avenge their opening-day defeat to Geylang International. Hougang United can ill-afford to slip up when they travel to face Tampines Rovers, who have stumbled in recent weeks. 

Balestier vs Young Lions | 3 May | 7.45 PM | Bishan |
Team news: Zaiful Nizam has been ruled out for the season while Šime Žužul could return for Balestier. Akram Azman and Gareth Low are side-lined with injury for the Young Lions, who could have Saifullah Akbar back. Goalkeeper Zharfan Rohaizad is also fit.

– Balestier have won eight of their last nine encounters against Young Lions.
– Balestier have the opportunity to win two consecutive league games for the first time since August 2018 and two in a row at home since April 2018.
– Hazzuwan Halim has scored in each of his last two games.
– Young Lions have not won in four games.
– Young Lions are the only team yet to concede from a penalty.

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DPMM vs Home | 4 May | 8.15 PM | Hassanal Bolkiah |
Team news: The leaders will look to extend their unbeaten run against a Protectors side keen to bounce back from a 4-0 hammering in their last league game. Azwan Ali Rahman could return for the hosts, while the visitors will miss the suspended Izzdin Shafiq. Shahril Ishak is edging closer to a return but this will come too soon for the forward.

– DPMM are on a club-record 15-game unbeaten streak.
– DPMM’s last home defeat came nine games ago in August 2018.
– DPMM possess the league’s best attack and joint-best defence.
– DPMM are the only team yet to concede first in a game this season.
– Home have lost four times in the league, just one less than their total from last season.

Albirex vs Geylang | 5 May | 5.30 PM | Jurong East |
Team news: Noor Akid Nordin remains injured for Albirex, while Geylang will have to do without the suspended Barry Maguire and Syahiran Miswan.

– Albirex are looking for a fourth straight home win.
– Albirex are unbeaten in 44 games at home in all competitions.
– Geylang are looking to avoid a third consecutive loss.  
– Geylang are the only team yet to score a first-half goal.
– Albirex and Geylang are the only teams to have overturned half-time deficits to win this season. They are also the only teams to have won after conceding first.

Tampines vs Hougang | 5 May | 5.30 PM | Our Tampines Hub |
Team news: Tampines are looking to end a four-game win-less streak in the league and make up ground on the second-placed Cheetahs, who will be keen not to drop any more points after defeat to DPMM at the weekend. Nazrul Nazari is an injury doubt for the visitors, as is Iqbal Hussain.

– Tampines have won nine of their last 11 encounters against Hougang, including the last seven in a row.
– Both teams have the most number of different scorers (eight).
– Hougang have conceded a league-leading three times from corners.

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