Singapore Premier League • October 20, 2015

Stags Hope To Stay In Title Race With Victory Over Eagles


Written by: Shawn Lim

Geylang International vs Tampines Rovers

(Tuesday, 20 October, 7.30pm, Bedok Stadium)

Tampines Rovers will aim to keep their Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League title hopes alive when they pay Geylang International a visit on Tuesday night at Bedok Stadium.

The Stags who are considered to be dark horses for the title, currently sit in third place with 34 points, seven behind leaders Brunei DPMM

Tampines also have won three out of their past five games, but know they cannot afford to drop any points against the Eagles as they have to win all their remaining games and hope for the Bruneians to drop points.

Stags coach V.Sundramoorthy is refusing to give up hope on winning the title and wants his charges to focus on three points for every upcoming game.

“There’s still a glimpse of hope, but for us it’s important to take to the next game and win the game,” Sundram said after his side’s 1-0 victory over Hougang United.

“Yes, it is important to move up the ladder, and now we are in third position. It’s good to go up.

However, the Stags cannot afford to take Geylang lightly, as the hosts are still dangerous even though they rooted at the bottom of the table.

Even though his team is struggling for form, Geylang coach Jorg Steinebrunner believes his players have a never-say-attitude to put up good performances.

“Even after the second goal, we carried on and our heads didn’t go down. It wasn’t like we were trying to give up,” said the 43-year-old after his side’s 2-0 defeat to Harimau Muda.

“We still had time to get a goal and that shows good character and attitude of the team. We can be very happy with our second-half performance and build on it.”

Key Men To Watch

Geylang International: Yazid Yasin

The veteran goalkeeper endured a torrid time in his last game against the Young Tigers, making two uncharacteristic mistakes late in the game which killed off his team’s hopes of finding an equaliser.

Yazid will be keen to redeem himself and will need to be on his toes when facing the Stags, as Rodrigo Tosi is currently the fourth-joint top scorer in the league and is in potent form.

Tampines Rovers: Rodrigo Tosi

The Brazilian scored 24 goals for his former club Brunei DPMM last season and was the league’s top scorer but has not been able to reproduce the same form for the Stags this season.

However, Tosi still has a chance to finish at the top of goalscoring charts this season and will be looking to add on to his current tally of 10 goals this season when going up against the Eagles.

Geylang International – LDDWL

16/10/15  Harimau Muda 2-0 Geylang International (S.League)

04/10/15  Courts Young Lions 2-3 Geylang International (S.League)

18/09/15  Balestier Khalsa 2-2 Geylang International (S.League)

29/08/15  Warriors FC 1-1 Geylang International (S.League)

20/08/15  Geylang International 1-3 Courts Young Lions (S.League)

Tampines Rovers – DWWLW

17/10/15  Tampines Rovers 1-0 Hougang United (S.League)

27/09/15  Courts Young Lions 1-3 Tampines Rovers (S.League)

19/09/15  Tampines Rovers 0-1 Courts Young Lions (S.League)

15/09/15  Tampines Rovers 5-1 Harimau Muda (S.League)

27/08/15  Harimau Muda 0-1 Tampines Rovers (S.League)

Head-to-Head (S.League)

29/07/15  Tampines Rovers 2-0 Geylang International

03/04/15  Geylang International 3-2 Tampines Rovers

06/06/14  Geylang International 1 – 0 Tampines Rovers

16/03/14  Tampines Rovers 3 – 0 Geylang International

09/05/13  Tampines Rovers 1 – 0 Geylang International