The four third-placed teams in the tournament will battle it out for a spot in the final
Harimau Muda vs Hougang United (June 17, Monday, 7.30 pm, Jalan Besar Stadium)
Harimau Muda coach Razip Ismail has been using the League Cup as an opportunity to give his non-regulars a chance to taste football action this year.
Razip has started with different goalkeepers in all their three matches in the group stage while regulars such as Maxsius Musa and Ridzuan Abdunloh have seen limited action.
The Malaysian have scored only twice in the competition, in their final group stage victory over National Football League side Admiralty FC, courtesy of Iskandar Hanapiah and Faizat Ghazli, who have started in all their matches thus far.
Meanwhile for the Cheetahs, they will be missing defender Shahir Hamzah, who received his marching orders from referee Sukhbir Singh in injury time for a second bookable offence against Geylang International in a 2-1 defeat. That loss in the final group game cost them a spot in the quarter-finals.
Caretaker coach Johana Johari has been keeping faith with the same starting eleven in both their group stage matches but with Shahir out for selection, he will have to decide on either Hasree Zais or Jeremy Chiang as a replacement in defence.
While Harimau Muda will continue with their rotational policy, expect Hougang to start with their big guns as the look to advance to the final and snatch the Plate trophy, which would be their first silverware of any kind in their club’s history.
The previous meeting between the sides earlier in the season saw Hougang coming away 3-1 victors and all sign points to another defeat for the Harimau Muda as they have only won two matches in their past five matches and lost the rest.
Courts Young Lions vs Warriors FC (June 18, Tuesday, 7.30pm, Jalan Besar Stadium)
Wariors FC have not had the best of seasons in their club's history and the League Cup Plate trophy offers nothing but a mere consolation to their loyal fans.
They will be up against an energetic and youthful Courts Young Lions who will be high on confidence following their last-minute 3-2 victory over defending league champions Tampines Rovers a week ago in their final group match at the Clementi stadium.
Victory is possible for Aide Iskandar’s side, who came back from two goals down in that game, as the Warriors are expected to rest several senior players, just like they did in their final group stage match against Balestier Khalsa.
The Choa Chu Kang-based club will once again give playing time to players such as Matthew Abraham, Yus Henzry, Dharham Aziz and Hafsyar Farkhan. A rest to Singapore international Hassan Sunny is also in store, with former LionsXII goalkeeper Hyrulnizam Juma’at set to start again.
Even though Warriors have installed Alex Weaver as their new head coach, it remains to be seen how much of a positive change in fortunes the Englishman will bring to the club.Weaver was previously rested by Hougang United’s management following a poor run of form that saw the club slide down to near the bottom of the table.
Although the Warriors won 3-0 in their encounter between the two earlier in the year, Warriors’ performance in recent matches have been a pale shades of their opponents'.
The Young Lions' recent form has seen them win once and draw once in the last five matches while Warriors have drawn twice and lost three times, and the former will fancy their chances here.