Singapore Premier League • March 14, 2019
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SINGAPORE, 14 MARCH 2019 – Warriors FC finally get their season underway this week as they take on Hougang United, while Tampines Rovers will hope to maintain their 100 per cent record when they meet derby rivals Geylang International. Defending champions eye their first points of the season against visiting Brunei DPMM, while Home will look to do likewise when Balestier come calling.
Albirex vs DPMM | 15 March | 7.45 PM | Jurong East | fas.org.sg/live1
Team news Noor Akid Nordin is an injury doubt for the hosts, who made use of their break to travel to Myanmar for a training tour. DPMM are coming in on a high having won their first two league games.
– The last time Albirex lost two league games in a row was in July 2017.
– Albirex have not failed to score in two successive games in all competitions since March 2016 – a run that stretches 93 matches.
– Albirex have won 11 of their last 13 meetings against DPMM in all competitions, losing only once.
– DPMM’s last away win to Albirex came in a 1-0 league win in October 2014.
– DPMM are unbeaten in nine league games, the longest such streak of any team currently in the league.
– DPMM last won two consecutive away games in 2016.
Geylang vs Tampines | 16 March | 5.30 PM | Our Tampines Hub | fas.org.sg/live1
Team News: Christopher van Huizen, Firdaus Kasman and Amy Recha are back in the fold for Geylang, who will look to bounce back from a 3-0 defeat to DPMM. Tampines will play their second game in five days after their Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup exploits in midweek as they seek a third consecutive win.
– Geylang last won two home games in a row in September 2017.
– Tampines have won their last four meetings against Geylang.
– Jordan Webb has scored and assisted in each of Tampines last two league games.
– At least three goals have been scored in each of their last five encounters.
– Khairul Amri has scored for Tampines in their last two home games against Geylang, including a hat-trick in the last one.
– Geylang last kept a clean sheet against Tampines in June 2014, 15 games ago.
Hougang vs Warriors | 16 March | 5.30 PM | Jalan Besar | fas.org.sg/live2
Team News: Jonathan Behe has returned to the Warriors fold for another season, while Hougang should have a near-full strength squad to call upon .
– Hougang last won two consecutive games in October 2017.
– Hougang last kept two consecutive clean sheets in May 2017, 53 games ago.
– Jonathan Behe has scored in each of his last two matches against Hougang.
– Warriors have lost their last four games in a row in all competitions, their worst run since July 2016.
Home vs Balestier | 17 March | 5.30 PM | Bishan | fas.org.sg/live2
Team News: Fazli Ayob is a long-term injury victim for the hosts, while Song Uiyoung is also ruled out and first-choice goalkeeper Rudy Khairullah is a doubt. Raihan Rahman is expected to return to Balestier’s starting line-up having missed the previous game.
– Home have lost their last three matches in all competitions; the last time they suffered four straight defeats was in June 2016.
– The last time Home lost their first three league matches was in 1997.
– Penalties have been awarded in five of the last six encounters between these two teams.