November 6, Wednesday, 8.15p.m., Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium
Brunei DPMM will take on Geylang International in their last home game of the season, which will also mark the close of the S.League season, with only the Singapore Cup third/fourth and final games left after this.
The Bruneians are level on points with Tier 2 leaders Warriors FC at the point of writing and will hope to better the uniformed giants' result against Harimau Muda on Tuesday night in order to overtake them.
But they will not find it easy against an Eagles team who can seal their position in ninth with victory and possibly even overtake them if they manage to win by more than two goals. Mathematically, they can also top Tier 2 if they find a way to overcome their minus-seven goal difference, and the Warriors lose.
The Wasps will not be able to count on the services of reliable custodian Wardun Yussof, who was sent off in their last game against Harimau Muda. That match saw Vjeran Simunic's men display remarkable resilience to score a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw despite being one man down for much of the game, which will have lifted their spirits,
Rodrigo Tosi was the man who came up with the goods once again with a spectacular overhead kick in stoppage time to earn a share of the spoils, and the Brazilian midfielder will be their main threat once again. Tosi has performed well in his last few matches and it is no wonder that he is the only one from the club's current foreign legion to be retained for next year.
Apart from Tosi, Geylang will also do well to watch out for the pace of Adi Said, who terrorised the Young Tigers even if he did not get on the scoresheet. His brother, Shahrazen, can also be deadly in front of goal on his day.
The Eagles' three-game unbeaten run was brought to a shuddering halt when Hougang United routed them 4-1 in their previous match, and they will want to make amends in their last game of the year.
Coach Vedhamuthu Kanan will miss youngster Wahyudi Wahid due to suspension, which should mean he will have to make some adjustments in his rearguard. Captain Jozef Kaplan, who has 13 goals so far in the league, will be particularly keen to get on the scoresheet as he chases joint-top scorers Aleksandar Duric and Moon Soon Ho, who have 15 each.
Geylang has lost both previous league encounters against DPMM this season and are the underdogs here again, but they could be motivated enough to come away with a result this time.