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The Tigers need a point to secure fourth spot.

Preview: Tanjong Pagar United vs Balestier Khalsa

The Tigers need a point to secure fourth spot.

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The visitors chase their highest-ever league finish against opponents whose minds may drift to their Singapore Cup final later this week

November 4, Monday, 7.30p.m., Jalan Besar Stadium

Balestier Khalsa will attempt to secure the point they require to seal fourth spot when they travel to take on Tanjong Pagar United in the final round of the S.League.

The Tigers' slim top-three hopes were dashed after Albirex Niigata beat Tampines Rovers 3-1 last Friday, but fourth place will still represent their highest-ever finish in history.

Meanwhile, the Jaguars have to get a result and hope for Woodlands Wellington to stumble against Tampines in the other game in order to stand a chance of nabbing fifth spot.

Coach Patrick Vallee will miss suspended club captain Hafiz Osman and midfielder K. Vikraman, but the sort of line-up he puts out will surely be in consideration of the fact that they play a Singapore Cup final four days later.

They suffered a 1-0 loss to Home United - whom they will meet in the final - in their previous game, but the deviation from the usual tactics and line-ups from both sides meant that it was a dress rehearsal in name only.

The Jaguars are likely to revert to their normal attacking style for this match though, with lively winger Asraf Rashid one to watch after some impressive displays of late.

Meanwhile, Darren Stewart's men enter this on the back of a solid 3-0 win over Woodlands, where they utterly controlled the game from start to finish. Only a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping denied them a larger win, and they will be confident of their chances.

Qiu Li hit a brace in that match and was a thorn throughout the 90 minutes, while playmaker Park Kang Jin was hugely influential as he ran the midfield. Forward Kim Min Ho had to stand in as a makeshift right-back following the absence of Yusiskandar Yusop (injury) and Poh Yi Feng (suspension) and though he did well, Stewart will hope to be able to field an orthodox full-back again.

The Jaguars' minds are surely on the final though and with the Tigers likely to possess more motivation, the latter should emerge triumphant in their bid for fourth.