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Shahrazen Said netting for DPMM in a 3-3 thriller against Hougang in the league earlier this year

Preview: Brunei DPMM vs Hougang United

Shahrazen Said netting for DPMM in a 3-3 thriller against Hougang in the league earlier this year

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The second-from-bottom visitors travel to take on their Bruneian opponents, whose home has been a shadow of its former fortress from last season

October 19, Saturday, 8.15p.m., Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium

Brunei DPMM are gunning for a second consecutive home win when they take on Hougang United as they seek to end their season on a high note.

Runners-up to Tampines Rovers last year, this campaign has been a largely forgettable one for Vjeran Simunic's men. Dismal form has seen them fail to even crack the top six, and they can now only aim to top the bottom half.

Their opponents have not had a season to remember either, with poor results leading to two changes in their coach. Amin Nasir is the current caretaker with four games under his belt and a not-too-shabby record of two wins and one draw.

The Cheetahs have looked clearly revitalised in recent times, with a 3-0 away victory over Home United particularly eye-catching, and their morale will be good after salvaging a late 1-1 draw against Warriors FC in their last game.

A goal each in his last three games means in-form striker Mamadou Diallo is Hougang's main threat, with the Guinean looking resplendent. Equally dangerous in the air and on the ground, defenders also have trouble coping with his dribbling and sheer power.

English midfielder Thomas Beattie has been doing a fine job in the middle of the park as well, patrolling the area in front of his back four with minimal fuss and helping to keep things tidy. Azhar Sairudin's absence due to suspension might be keenly felt though, and Amin will have to find a way to work around that.

Meanwhile, the hosts survived a spirited Courts Young Lions fight-back to edge them 3-2 in their last game, having beaten Harimau Muda 3-1 prior to that.

The Bruneians have no suspension worries, with Brazilian ace Rodrigo Tosi set to spearhead their offensive charge again. Three goals in his last two games appears to be proof that the midfielder has finally settled into the club, having joined in mid-season.

Tosi is also well capable of turning provider for the likes of Shahrazen Said, who is one of the best forwards in the league on his day, while Hendra Azam is always a threat from set-pieces.

Only six points separate these two sides with four games remaining and if Hougang want to avoid finishing near the bottom, a win here would help that aim a great deal.

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