Preview: Woodlands Wellington vs Home United

The league's third and fourth-placed teams go head to head, with both level on points as they look to end the season on a high
September 25, Wednesday, 7.30p.m., Woodlands Stadium

Uniformed giants Home United continue their chase for second place when they travel to Woodlands, who are themselves targeting a top-three finish.

The Protectors suffered a shock 3-0 loss to Hougang United in their last game when a win would have taken them to second spot, but fortunately for them Albirex Niigata lost as well, thus leaving them still one point behind the Japanese side.

Lee Lim Saeng will demand that his charges bounce back from a clueless performance and revert to the sort of displays that saw them win three straight league games in a row before that.

The Korean coach will hope to have captain Noh Rahman available after the Singapore international could only sit on the bench in their last game, with the team seemingly missing his leadership qualities. The loss of Indra Sahdan to a broken leg has diminished their attacking options though, and Lee will have to find a way to rectify that.

Defenders Nor Azli Yusoff and Ismail Yunos will miss out through suspension and injury respectively, which should see Sevki Sha'ban retaining his place after making his first start of the season against Hougang.

More importantly, the creative duo of Lee Kwan Woo and Jordan Webb will need to put in more inspiring perfomances than they did last time out, where they struggled to make any sort of impact.

Meanwhile, the Rams will be gunning for a fifth home win of the season as they aim to achieve coach Salim Moin's pre-season target of ending up in the top three.

Having struck five goals in his last four league matches, Korean striker Chang Jo-yoon (right) is clearly the main threat to Home and probably the most in-form forward in the league now.

Equally adept with the ball at his feet and in the air, the 25-year-old sits joint-second in the league's goalscoring charts. He has shouldered Woodlands' attacking burden after compatriot Moon Soon-ho's goals began to dry up recently, although the latter is still very much a creative outlet for his team.

Skipper Armanizam Dolah has been quietly holding the fort in midfield, where his presence is complemented by the dynamic Atsushi Shimono. They will be crucial in keeping Home's midfield at bay and stopping the supply line up to striker Masrezwan Masturi.

Home has beaten Woodlands in their last two encounters, with the Rams failing to score in either match. but this should be a much closer contest and could well end in both sides sharing the spoils.