News Singapore Premier League • November 16, 2020
Singapore Premier League Week 11: Preview
L-R: Zachary Anderson, Charlie Machell and Afiq Noor of Hougang United
SINGAPORE, 16 NOVEMBER 2020 – The AIA Singapore Premier League (SPL) action keeps coming with four games scheduled on a blockbuster Tuesday. New leaders Albirex Niigata (S) host an unpredictable Balestier Khalsa side, while the chasing pack of Tampines Rovers and Lion City Sailors face away trips to Young Lions and Hougang United. Struggling Geylang International and Tanjong Pagar also do battle to round off the action. All LIVE on our Facebook page and YouTube channel!
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Wounded Jaguars eye Eagles scalp
Geylang International vs Tanjong Pagar United | 17 Nov | 7.45pm | Our Tampines Hub | Singtel Ch 111
Iqbal Hussain of Geylang International takes a shot
Team news: Geylang will welcome back young centre-back Adam Hakeem from suspension. As for Tanjong Pagar, captain Faritz Hameed could be in line to start after marking his return from injury with a substitute appearance the last time out, although attacker Ignatius Ang is already ruled out for the season through injury.
- Geylang are undefeated in the last seven encounters.
- Tanjong Pagar last defeated Geylang in March 2012 in a 1-0 victory at Queenstown. Current Jaguars fitness coach Hafiz Osman scored the winner, while Delwinder Singh and Geylang’s Amy Recha are the only ones still with their respective clubs.
- Geylang have won just one out of their last five games, while Tanjong Pagar lost four out of five.
- Tanjong Pagar’s Delwinder and Joey Sim could face their former employers.
Cheetahs out to halt free-scoring Sailors
Hougang United vs Lion City Sailors | 17 Nov | 7.45pm | Hougang | Singtel Ch 112, StarHub Ch 204
Stipe Plazibat (29) and Gabriel Quak have formed a deadly partnership
Team news: Hougang will miss the services of striker Shahfiq Ghani, who serves a one-match suspension for his dismissal against Young Lions, while M. Anumanthan and Sahil Suhaimi are already ruled out for the rest of the campaign.
For the Sailors, first-choice custodian Hassan Sunny could return to the starting line-up after recovering from a finger injury.
- Hougang are undefeated in the last four encounters since a six-game win-less streak prior to that.
- Hougang are win-less in the last four encounters at Hougang Stadium since beating the Sailors’ predecessor Home United 1-0 in February 2016 – current Sailor Stipe Plazibat scored a 34th-minute free-kick winner on his SPL debut.
- The last 0-0 draw between both sides was back on July 11, 2007 when they were known as Home United and Sengkang Punggol.
- The Sailors have netted 13 goals in their last two outings.
- The Sailors have scored in the second half in each of their last six matches.
- The Sailors could become the first team to win three straight games this season; Albirex can do likewise on the same night.
- Plazibat was on the scoresheet on his last two visits to Hougang Stadium with Home in 2017 – netting the second goal after a centre-back (Irfan Fandi and Abdil Qaiyyim) had opened the scoring respectively in identical 2-0 victories.
- Song Uiyoung has also scored in his last two games at Hougang back in 2018.
- Plazibat and Gabriel Quak are the top assist-makers in the league with five apiece.
Stags eye redemption after successive draws
Young Lions vs Tampines Rovers | 17 Nov | 7.45pm | Jurong West | Singtel Ch 113, StarHub Ch 201
Jacob Mahler has led by example for the Young Lions
Team news: Young Lions will have to make do without key midfielders Hami Syahin and Nur Adam Abdullah due to suspension, while forward Shahrulnizam Mazlan may not be available after missing last Thursday’s 4-1 defeat to Hougang.
As for Tampines, midfielder Huzaifah Aziz is out for the season after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in the 2-2 draw against Balestier.
- Tampines are undefeated in the last four encounters, since Young Lions came from behind to win 2-1 in August 2018.
- The last time both sides faced off at Jurong West in April 2017, then-hosts Tampines won 1-0 through a 95th-minute strike from Khairul Amri. Yasir Hanapi and Daniel Bennett started for the Stags in that game, while Hami was in the opposite eleven.
- The last time Young Lions defeated Tampines at the venue was a 1-0 victory back in October 2015. Current Stags Syazwan Buhari, Jordan Webb and Amirul Adli played for the visitors back then.
- Tampines have scored in 28 straight SPL games.
- Webb is just two goals away from achieving 100 SPL goals.
Tigers pose tricky test for title-chasing White Swans
Albirex Niigata (S) vs Balestier Khalsa | 17 Nov | 7.45pm | Jurong East | StarHub Ch 202
Shuhei Hoshino made both Balestier Khalsa goals in their last match
Team news: Albirex are expected to name the same starting eleven for a third straight game, with Ryoya Taniguchi continuing to deputise for the injured Reo Nishiguchi. Young Singaporean midfielder Iman Hakim could see some minutes after returning from injury.
Balestier will continue to miss the services of Serbian centre-back Ensar Brunčević due to a knee problem.
- Balestier have drawn thrice and won none in the last 16 encounters in all competitions, since defeating Albirex 1-0 at Toa Payoh in October 2015.
- The Tigers lost their last eight visits to Jurong East in all competitions – conceding 21 and scoring just two.
- Their last win at the venue was back in July 2015 when they triumphed 1-0 courtesy of Fadhil Noh’s strike. Captain Zaiful Nizam is the only starter who is still at the club, while Hazzuwan Halim was an unused substitute.
- Balestier have scored in the second half in each of their last seven games.
- Albirex could become the first team to win three straight games this season; the Sailors can do likewise on the same night.