Singapore Premier League • May 9, 2019
Singapore Premier League Week 11: Preview
SINGAPORE, 9 MAY 2019 – With second-placed Albirex Niigata (S) not in action this weekend, leaders Brunei DPMM have the opportunity to move nine points clear if they see off Geylang International. Warriors are still searching for their first win of the season and will hope to get it against the Young Lions, while Hougang United will be keen to get back to winning ways against Balestier Khalsa.
Geylang vs DPMM | 11 May | 8.30 PM | Our Tampines Hub | fas.org.sg/live1
Team news: The big boost for the Eagles is that Shawal Anuar is back from injury, having come off the bench in their last game to make his first appearance of the season after his 2018 campaign was ended by an anterior cruciate ligament tear. However, Mohd Noor Ali will have to contend with the suspensions of four players: Barry Maguire, Syahiran Miswan, Muhd Noor Ariff and Darren Teh. For DPMM, Azwan Ali is suspended.
– Geylang have lost three consecutive games.
– Geylang are the only team yet to score a first-half goal this season.
– The last five encounters between these two teams have produced 25 goals.
– DPMM are on a club-record unbeaten run of 16 league games, including a record nine-game unbeaten away streak.
– DPMM have the league’s joint-best attack and best defence.
– Andrei Varankou leads the league in both goals (12) and assists (5).
Young Lions vs Warriors | 11 May | 8.30 PM | Jalan Besar | fas.org.sg/live2
Team news: Saifullah Akbar marked his return from injury in the last game with an assist for Syukri Bashir’s winning goal and is in contention for a starting berth. Gareth Low is injured, while Joshua Pereira, Nur Luqman Rahman and Akram Azman are all doubtful. Warriors are hunting their first win of the season; they are currently bottom of the league with just one point from seven games.
– Young Lions have kept two consecutive clean sheets.
– Young Lions are looking for a second consecutive win.
– Young Lions’ last home win against Warriors came in May 2016.
– Warriors have failed to win any of their last 11 league games.
– Warriors’ last clean sheet came against Young Lions, 17 games ago, in July 2018.
Hougang vs Balestier | 12 May | 8.30 PM | Jalan Besar | fas.org.sg/live1
Team news: Iqbal Hussain is an injury doubt for Hougang, who sit seven points behind leaders DPMM. Sufiano Salleh will sit this out due to suspension for Balestier, who also have Kristijan Krajček sidelined due to injury.
– Hougang are on a two-game win-less run.
– Hougang have nine different scorers in the league, joint-most with Tampines Rovers.
– Hougang have won their last four home games.
– Twelve different players had made at least one assist for Hougang; no other team has had more to do so.