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  • August 21, 2013
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Preview: Brunei DPMM vs Balestier Khalsa

Preview: Brunei DPMM vs Balestier Khalsa

Sam Chow

The Singapore side are in the top half of the table after some good recent form and will hope to continue that in Brunei

August 21, Wednesday, 8.15 p.m, Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium

Unbeaten in their last eight league games, Balestier Khalsa have propelled themselves into fourth spot in the table as they seek a top-six finish with the first two rounds of the S.League drawing to a close.

The Tigers' abrasive style of football may not sit well with many, but coach Darren Stewart has got his team playing a winning formula and he will not care what critics say as long as the results keep coming - and they are, at the moment.

The former Australia international will hope to mastermind another victory when they take on Brunei DPMM in their huge home stadium, having won the corresponding encounter last year.

Leading scorer Qiu Li might have struggled in Singapore colours against Oman but he is likely to be Balestier's most potent threat as he looks to wreak havoc together with Korean midfielder Park Kang Jin (right),  who has an eye for the killer pass.

Together with compatriot Tengku Mushadad and winger Zulkiffli Hassim, the duo will look to supply Vitor Borges upfront, with the Brazilian finally bagging his first league goal with a penalty in 3-1 win over Hougang United last time out.

Giant centreback Tales dos Santos will be relied upon to deal with the direct route that Balestier will take, and the Brazilian is also a major threat at set-pieces at the other end.

Tipped to challenge for the title before the season started having ended the previous campaign as runners-up, Vjeran Simunic's charges have disappointed as they currently sit a poor eighth in the table.

The Croatian will now hope to finish in the top six to salvage a disappointing season and will hope their remarkable fightback from 4-0 down to draw 4-4 against Global FC in the quarter-final of the Singapore Cup has boosted morale in the dressing room.

The Bruneians will be fired up on home soil but Balestier are no slouches either and this looks set to be a fiery affair.




Last Five Matches

Head To Head

DPMM FC

Balestier Khalsa

Wins
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2
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Brunei Duli Pengiran Muda Mahkota FC BRU
Brunei Duli Pengiran Muda Mahkota FC DPMM FC
Draw
Balestier Khalsa FC BAL
Balestier Khalsa FC Balestier Khalsa
53%
18%
29%

Top 3 Predictions

Brunei Duli Pengiran Muda Mahkota FC BRU
1 - 1
Balestier Khalsa FC BAL
Brunei Duli Pengiran Muda Mahkota FC BRU
0 - 2
Balestier Khalsa FC BAL
Brunei Duli Pengiran Muda Mahkota FC BRU
8 - 0
Balestier Khalsa FC BAL

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