Singapore Premier League • June 26, 2019
Singapore Premier League Week 15: Preview
SINGAPORE, 26 JUNE 2019 – All eyes will be on leaders Brunei DPMM as they look to bounce back from their first defeat of the season as Balestier Khalsa make the trip to Bandar Seri Begawan. Home United and Young Lions are also back in action as they take on Hougang United and Geylang International respectively, while Albirex Niigata (S) defend their unbeaten home streak against Warriors FC. We take a more in-depth look at this weekend’s matches…
DPMM vs Balestier | 28 June | 8.15 PM | Hassanal Bolkiah | fas.org.sg/live1
Team news: Yura Indera Putera sits this out for Adrian Pennock’s charges due to suspension as they aim to get back to winning ways at their home fortress. The visitors’ task of snapping a five-match losing run is made more difficult by the suspensions of Raihan Rahman, Huzaifah Aziz and Hazzuwan Halim.
– DPMM are unbeaten in their last ten home league games, winning eight of those.
– Andrei Varankou has not scored for two games – his worst goal drought of this season.
– Balestier have lost their last five matches.
– Balestier have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last nine games.
– DPMM have scored seven headed goals, the most of any team.
– Balestier have conceded seven headed goals, the most of any team.
Home vs Hougang | 29 June | 5.30 PM | Bishan | fas.org.sg/live1
Team news: Isaka Cernak could be a doubt for Home, who could open up a six-point gap over Warriors if they win here. Rudy Khairullah, Izzdin Shafiq and Fazli Ayob are unlikely to play any part as well. Hougang return to action after a month without a game but will be hit hard by the suspension of key duo Zulfahmi Arifin and M Anumanthan.
– Song Uiyoung has scored thrice in his last two games for Home.
– Hougang will move into third spot with victory.
Geylang vs Young Lions | 29 June | 5.30 PM | Our Tampines Hub | fas.org.sg/live2
Team news: Geylang are looking for a third consecutive win and will fancy their chances against a Young Lions side that have lost their last four games. Haiqal Pashia is suspended for the bottom-placed visitors, who are four points behind Balestier but have three matches in hand.
– Only DPMM and Hougang have scored more times from set-pieces (9) than Geylang (8).
– Both teams rank bottom in goals scored from open play; Geylang have nine and Young Lions have four.
– Geylang are undefeated against Young Lions in their last 12 games, drawing three of those.
– Shawal Anuar has three goals and three assists from his last three games; he leads both categories for Geylang despite having played just five games.
– The last time Geylang won three league games in a row was in September 2017.
Albirex vs Warriors | 30 June | 5.30 PM | Jurong East | fas.org.sg/live1
Team news: The big news for Albirex is the return of captain Kyoga Nakamura from suspension, though Daizo Horikoshi’s involvement is in doubt. New man Yosuke Nakagawa has impressed in his first two games for the White Swans and will look to wreak havoc against a Warriors side that has shipped a league-worst 30 goals.
– Albirex are unbeaten in five games and seeking a fifth win in six.
– Albirex have won their last nine encounters against Warriors in all competitions.
– Nakamura has made the most number of key passes (40) and recorded the highest success rate (68%).
– Jonathan Behe has scored in each of his last six games, tallying seven goals.