S.League Big Bet Preview: Protectors to continue fine form; Harimau Muda and Albirex to cancel each other out

Home United expected to beat Hougang United and Jaguars to come unstuck against a free-scoring Tampines side
Hougang United
Home United

Hougang United would be looking to bounce back from the deflating defeat to Balestier Khalsa but would find it tough against an in-form Home United team.

Home United possess a potent attack in their trio of Shatoro Ihata, Federic Mendy and Indra Sahdan Daud, who have helped the team scored 10 goals in their last 2 games. The Hougang defence has to be at their very best to keep the Protectors at bay.

Canadian wing-wonder Jordan Webb’s was kept quiet on his last outing by the defensive duo of Paul Cunningham and Goran Subara from Balestier and fans would expect to see more from him. This game could see plenty of goals and expect the team that defends better to come up tops.

Tampines Rovers
Tanjong Pagar
Reigning champions Tampines should notch another convincing win against the Jaguars who have picked up only a point from four matches. The Jaguars have been poor thus far and would struggle to contain the Stags who beat Woodlands convincingly in the last round of matches.

The Stags would be looking to build their season on their last outing and would look to in-form forward Aleksandar Duric to deliver the goods to assist their climb up the table.

Tampines have found home comforts in their new 'home' at the Clementi Stadium and would come out with all guns blazing.

Singapore Armed Forces
  Courts Young Lions

Both teams would be looking to kick start their season after relatively poor starts in this Friday clash at the Choa Chu Kang Stadium.

SAFFC would be boosted by the two late goals by Fazrul Nawaz in their last match that helped secure a 3-3 draw against Home United and fans would be hoping that he would be rewarded with a start. They would also be looking to livewire winger Tatsuro Inui to help inspire the Warriors to their first win of their season.

The Young Lions would be looking to bounce back from the 3-0 defeat to Hougang United but their lack of experience would be certainly tested by a more experienced Warriors team.

Brunei DPMM 2-0 Geylang United
Bottom club Geylang face a tough away assignment in Brunei after their humbling by the Protectors. The boisterous crowd would certainly spur on the home team and make it tough for the visitors.

Last time out, Brunei DPMM proved their mettle when they shocked leaders Albirex Niigata to remain as one of the four unbeaten teams left in the league. Since their last appearance in 2009, the Bruneians have vastly improved and many are tipping them to challenge for honours this season.

Geylang would be expecting more from foreign signings Michael King and Jozef Kaplan who have been disappointing thus far, if they are to pick up points. Geylang go into the game with Prime League coach V. Kanakarajan replacing Mike Wong and it might be too soon to expect a turn around in fortunes for the Eagles.

Harimau Muda
1-1 Albirex Niigata
Harimau Muda have caught the league by storm with their impressive start to the season, notching 2 wins on the trot. They host, leaders Albirex at the Yishun Stadium on Sunday and this would prove to be their toughest test to date.

Both sides play an attacking brand of football with quick, incisive passing and the midfield holds the key to this exciting clash. Albirex were suprised in Brunei in their last outing and would be expecting to bounce back with a good performance.

Expect plenty of good football but not many goals in this mouth-watering clash.

Balestier Khalsa
1-0 Woodlands
Balestier Khalsa have steadily climbed up their table and remain unbeaten thanks to defensive duo of Paul Cunningham and Goran Subara who have forged a formidable partnership. They would be looking to continue their fine form when they host the Rams at the Toa Payoh Stadium on Sunday.

Woodlands were beaten by a last-minute strike when they hosted Albirex in the last round of matches and would look to build on a good defensive display against Balestier.

Both teams have found goals hard to come by, but the Rams would look to Korean forward Soon-Ho Moon to deliver the goods while Balestier would have their hopes on their own Korean, Jo-Yoon Jang. Expect a tight match!