The Bruneians lost the League Cup final in a disappointing manner and will hope to bounce back at home against the energetic young MalaysiansSeptember 18, Wednesday, 8p.m., Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium
Two foreign sides with contrasting fortunes this season will meet at the intimidating Hassanal Bolkiah ground, with both already condemned to the bottom six of the S.League.
Hosts Brunei DPMM are still smarting from their 4-0 pasting by Balestier Khalsa in the StarHub League Cup final on Saturday, where they were torn apart in a shoddy display in a failed attempt to defend their trophy. That match was preceded by the Plate final, which Harimau Muda won after a comfortable 2-0 success against the Courts Young Lions.
While the triumph can be seen as some sort of reward for the young Malaysians after a decent showing in their debut season, which now sees them sitting in eighth place, the Bruneian side's loss was reflective of a dismal campaign that has led them to their current 10th position.
Vjeran Simunic's team were thrashed 6-2 by leaders Tampines Rovers in their last home game and they will hope to avoid a second consecutive loss on a ground that used to be a fortress.
The Croatian will hope to have striker Arturas Rimkevicius back to boost his side's attack, with the Lithuanian only able to start on the bench against Balestier. Joao Moreira looks likely to sit this out with injury, leaving the Said brothers of Shahrazen and Adi to lead the line.
Brazilian midfielder Rodrigo Tosi and skipper Rosmin Kamis will helm the midfield against their energetic opponents, while the giant figure of Tales dos Santos is always an intimidating presence.
Razip Ismail's side might have their own injury woes but their determined attitude, as well as their pacey style of play, will cause the Wasps problems from the first whistle.
Star midfielder Ridzuan Abdunloh (right) had a bright game against the Young Lions and would have been disappointed not to have scored, while the tricky Maxsius Musa could make his way back into the starting line-up. Azzizan Nordin is a tigerish presence in midfield ahead of centreback Syazwan Tajudin, whose set-piece prowess was underlined by a 30-yard rocket of a freekick on Saturday.
The Young Tigers play a quick, high-tempo passing game that aims to keep their opponents on the back foot, with any lack of technical ability made up for by their hunger. If DPMM fail to recover from their disappointment and raise their game, the Malaysians could well do the double over them this season.