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Two teams who appear to be on the upsurge after some poor form go head to head in what should be a keenly contested game

September 25, Wednesday, 7.30p.m., Choa Chu Kang Stadium

A resurgent Hougang United travel to the north-west of the island to take on an equally on-form Warriors FC as both teams look to continue their recent good form.

The visitors have experienced an upturn in fortunes since caretaker coach Amin Nasir became the third man in charge at Hougang Stadium this season. Ironically, the former Singapore international started off with a defeat against the same opponents, but then led the Cheetahs to wins over Harimau Muda and Home United subsequently.

That first victory halted a seven-game losing streak but what followed was certainly unexpected. The Protectors were tipped to bring Hougang back down to earth at Bishan Stadium last week, but the determined visitors were well worth their 3-0 victory by the end of the night.

Key to their upset was striker Mamadou Diallo, who ploughed the lone furrow upfront superbly. The Guinean striker (right) terrorised one of the league's stingiest defences all night and capped it with a well-taken second goal for his side, and could have added a fourth had his clever dink over the goalkeeper not come back off the post. Blessed with pace and strength, the 23-year-old appears to have regained his form and will hope to strike for a third successive game.

The midfield pair of Azhar Sairudin and Thomas Beattie were impeccable as well, the former providing the drive and creativity while the latter patrolled the defensive third and protected his back four.

But Alex Weaver's Warriors will not be pushovers, with the Englishman seemingly having engineered a mini-revival of sorts following a dismal start to the season under predecessor V. Selvaraj.

An impressive comeback 3-1 comeback win over Albirex Niigata last week made it three victories in a row, with the uniformed giants being able to call upon their own hotshot in striker Mislav Karoglan.

The Bosnian marksman scored in each of those three matches, which has brought his tally for the season to 11 goals to see him sit second in the league's goalscoring charts. The 31-year-old one-time Golden Boot winner is as clinical a finisher as they come, and a potential duel with Hougang custodian Fadhil Salim awaits.

Marin Vidosevic has been in good form at the back ahead of Singapore goalkeeper Hassan Sunny, but will miss out due to suspension, while Tatsuro Inui and Shi Jiayi will look to supply the ammunition to Karoglan and strike partner Sufian Anuar.

The Warriors have looked a much more solid outfit in recent outings but don't be surprised if a Hougang side high on confidence manages to upset a uniformed side for a second successive week.