Singapore Premier League • September 30, 2014
Warriors Wary Of Cup Finalists
Warriors FC vs Balestier Khalsa
(October 1, Wednesday, 7.30pm, Choa Chu Kang Stadium)
Written by: Muhammad Yazid
Warriors FC are just points away from catching up with league leaders Brunei DPMM and they are looking for a win against Balestier Khalsa to do so.
Currently sitting in second on 41 points and a game in hand, three points would see them reduce the gap to two points with DPMM (46), whom they will face six days from now.
A win for Alex Weaver’s side would not only edge them closer to the Wasps, but also pull them away from the other teams in the top half of the table.
As for Balestier, the team which ended up in the top six just before the second round was done and dusted thanks to a superior goal difference, they are very contented with the top-half finish.
But being led by a motivational coach in Marko Kraljevic who always wants the best for the team, the Tigers may go on to reach the top five or even higher if they win their rest of the games and leapfrog fifth-placed Tampines Rovers who have 40 points.
One key motivational factor for the Toa Payoh-based side would be their qualification to the final of the RHB Singapore Cup this year.
The Tigers edged out Tampines in the semi-final through penalty shoot-out after both sides could not be separated at the end of both legs.
Poh Yifeng will however miss out for the Tigers as he serves the first of his two-match ban after his dismissal against Harimau Muda.
Suspension: Poh Yifeng (Balestier Khalsa)
Key Men To Watch
Warriors FC: Hassan Sunny
He was part of the squad which travelled to Incheon, South Korea for the Asian Games, and put up decent performances in between the sticks for Singapore team, keeping out crucial shots despite failing to make it to the next round.
It was no different before the departure, as his last league game against Tampines saw the custodian pull off spectacular saves to keep a clean sheet and help his team record a 2-0 win.
According to InStat, Hassan executed four key saves against the Stags and was even involved in attacks as 76% of his passes including goal-kicks were accurate. Thus, he can be relied on to create counter-attacks from the back.
Balestier Khalsa: Zaiful Nizam
It may very well be a game of goalkeepers as Zaiful is set to deny striking hotshot Miroslav Pejic and company.
The bulky custodian was the hero in the second-leg encounter of the Singapore Cup semi-final as he saved three spot-kicks to send his team to the final and knock Tampines out.
Warriors FC – WDWLL
29/8/14 Warriors FC 2-0 Tampines Rovers
24/8/14 Home United 2-2 Warriors FC
20/8/14 Warriors FC 4-1 Courts Young Lions
1/8/14 Warriors FC 1-3 Albirex Niigata (S)
18/7/14 Tanjong Pagar United (AET) 1-0 Warriors FC (StarHub League Cup QF)
Balestier Khalsa – WLWWD
25/9/14 Balestier Khalsa (4P) 1-0 (1) Tampines Rovers (RHB Singapore Cup SF 2nd Leg)
22/9/14 Tampines Rovers 2-1 Balestier Khalsa (RHB Singapore Cup SF 1st Leg)
5/9/14 Harimau Muda 1-5 Balestier Khalsa
27/8/14 Balestier Khalsa 4-1 Hougang United
21/8/14 Balestier Khalsa 3-3 Brunei DPMM
Head to Head (S.League)
12/6/14 Warriors FC 1-1 Balestier Khalsa
28/3/14 Balestier Khalsa 2-2 Warriors FC
3/7/13 Warriors FC 1-1 Balestier Khalsa
24/3/13 Balestier Khalsa 2-0 Warriors FC
20/9/12 Warriors FC 0-0 Balestier Khalsa
12/4/12 Balestier Khalsa 1-0 Warriors FC
14/9/11 Balestier Khalsa 1-3 Warriors FC
1/6/11 Warriors FC 1-0 Balestier Khalsa
17/3/11 Balestier Khalsa 0-2 Warriors FC