Warriors FC vs Churchill Brothers Preview: Will the Warriors be able to march past the Red machine?
The Warriors have had a miserable campaign in the S.League and the AFC Cup competition and need a win against Churchill Brothers if they want a realistic chance of advancing
By Eddie Ridzwan
|By Eddie Ridzwan
Ruzaini, Bennett (C), Vidosevic, Syaiful
Erwan, Jia Yi, Inui
CHURCHILL BROTHERS SC
Denzil, Balmuchu, Ravanan (C), Yumnam;
Chhetri, Antchouet, Arezou
Warriors FC will host Churchill Brothers at Jalan Besar Stadium on Matchday Four of the AFC Cup. This match comes a week after the I-League leaders trounced the eight-time Singapore champions 3-0 back in India.
The Warriors are facing perhaps the worst start of their season; fourth from the bottom in the S.League, having collected only seven points from a possible 21, their latest defeat came at the hands of the youthful Harimau Muda ‘B’.
Japanese duo Kazuyuki Toda and Shimpei Sakurada are both expected to remain on the sidelines for a week or so. Centre-back Abdil Qaiyyim sustained an injury from their defeat to Harimau Muda and might remain on the treatment table and miss this encounter.
Mislav Karoglan will look to inspire his team with some goals, something he is well-known for. The Croatian has yet to open his accounts in the current AFC Cup campaign and there is no better time to do so.
Domestically, Churchill Brothers are sitting on the top of the I-League table, five points clear of their nearest challenger.
Although Churchill Brothers will be without prolific Brazilian playmaker Roberto da Silva, they have shown that they are able to overcome their opponent as evident in their meeting last week in Goa, with the I-League team coming away with a 3-0 victory.
The team had initially traveled to Singapore without their star striker and India international Sunil Chhetri and Afghanistan international Balal Arezou, on-loan from Norway second tier club Asker, as their visa application was denied by the Singapore Authority.
But those worries were put to rest as both players, along with club owner Churchill Braz Alemao, were granted visas on Monday evening and will travel to the city-state a day before the match.
Gabon international Henri Antchouet, who provided both assists in his team's 2-1 victory over Pune FC over the weekend, will most likely start the match with Steven Dias and Bikramjit Singh playing behind the front trio of Antchouet, Sunil and Arezou.
Warriors FC: Japanese duo Shimpei Sakurada and Kazuyuki Toda should still be unfit for this match while Abdil Qaiyyim has picked up an injury from their S.League match.
Churchill Brothers SC: Strikers Sunil Chhetri and Balal Arezou were granted visas for their trip to Singapore at the last minute and should be available to feature. Captain, Beto, is still out with a problematic hamstring.
|DID YOU KNOW
- Former Warriors FC playmaker, John Wilkinson, is currently plying his trade in the I-League for Salgaocar FC.
- Warriors FC had initially wanted a Warrior on their club logo but S.League regulations only allowed for animals to be featured.
- Warriors FC are the most successful Singaporean team in the Asian Champions League, having recorded a 4 point tally in the group stages.
Top 3 Predictions
Warriors FC 0-8 Churchill Brothers SC
- 16.22 %
Warriors FC 1-3 Churchill Brothers SC
- 10.81 %
Warriors FC 0-3 Churchill Brothers SC
- 10.81 %
|AFC Cup (AC)||10-Apr-2013||Warriors FC 1 - Churchill Brothers SC 0|
|AFC Cup (AC)||02-Apr-2013||Churchill Brothers SC 3 - Warriors FC 0|
|28-Feb-2014||Brunei DPMM FC 2 - Warriors FC 0||SIL|
|23-Feb-2014||Warriors FC 2 - Geylang International FC 1||SIL|
|20-Sep-2013||Albirex Niigata (Singapore) 1 - Warriors FC 3||SIL|
|29-Aug-2013||Warriors FC 3 - Brunei DPMM FC 1||SIL|
|22-Aug-2013||Hougang United FC 1 - Warriors FC 2||SIL|
|Churchill Brothers SC|
|08-Mar-2014||Bengaluru FC 3 - Churchill Brothers SC 0||I-L|
|25-Feb-2014||Persipura Jayapura 2 - Churchill Brothers SC 0||AC|
|21-Feb-2014||Mohun Bagan A.C. 2 - Churchill Brothers SC 2||I-L|
|18-Feb-2014||East Bengal F.C. 0 - Churchill Brothers SC 0||I-L|
|11-Feb-2014||Churchill Brothers SC 1 - Rangdajied United F.C. 0||I-L|
|-||Shukor bin Zailan||Midfielder|
|3||Zulfadli Zainal Abidin||Midfielder|
|2||Sudhakaran Naveen Kumar||Defender|