Singapore Premier League • June 18, 2019
Singapore Premier League Week 14: Preview
SINGAPORE, 18 JUNE 2019 – Leaders Brunei DPMM return to action this weekend and will aim to carry on their fine form, though Tampines Rovers should be stiff opposition as they eye victory to revive their title bid. Second-placed Albirex Niigata (S) will be looking to capitalise if DPMM drop points while Warriors FC host a Geylang International side basking in the afterglow of a huge victory. We take a look at this weekend’s matches…
Balestier vs Albirex | 21 June | 7.45 PM | Bishan | fas.org.sg/live1
Team news: Hazzuwan Halim and Daniel Goh are suspended for Balestier but they might find comfort in the fact that Albirex captain and creator-in-chief, Kyoga Nakamura, is ruled out due to suspension as well. Albirex have the opportunity to close the gap between them and DPMM to three points for a day at least, while the hosts will be desperate to get back to winning ways and move up two spots with victory.
– Balestier have lost their last four matches.
– Balestier have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last eight games, their worst such streak since June 2017.
– Balestier have conceded seven headed goals, the most of any team.
– Fadli Kamis is the only Balestier player to have completed every league game.
– Albirex have not lost any of their last 13 encounters against Balestier, winning 11 of those.
– With four goals and five assists, Nakamura has accounted for over half of Albirex’s 17 league goals (53 per cent).
Tampines vs DPMM | 22 June | 5.30 PM | Our Tampines Hub | fas.org.sg/live1
Team news: After a promising start to the season, Tampines Rovers have found themselves falling off the pace in recent weeks and a scalp of the leaders could be what they need to reignite their title hopes. Abdul Azizi Rahman is suspended for the visitors, who have enjoyed a lengthy break since their last league game almost a month ago.
– Yasir Hanapi has recorded an assist in each of his last two games.
– DPMM are on a club-record unbeaten run of 18 league games, including a record 11-game unbeaten away streak.
– DPMM are the only side not to have conceded from a set-piece in the league, excluding penalties.
– DPMM are the only side not to have conceded a goal in the first half in the league.
– DPMM are the only side not to have fallen behind in a game this season.
Warriors vs Geylang | 23 June | 5.30 PM | Jurong East | fas.org.sg/live1
Team news: Victory for Warriors here will see them overtake Geylang in the table and continue their steady ascent in recent weeks, after enduring a long win-less run to the season. Umar Akhbar is suspended for the visitors, who are looking to win a second straight match.
– Warriors are looking for a fourth win in five games.
– Jonathan Behe has scored in each of his last five games (six goals); Gabriel Quak in his last four (five goals).
– Warriors are the only side not to have seen out a winning position at half-time.
– Shawal Anuar has scored thrice in his last two games.