Stags v. Dragons, Amri v. Nizam

By: Alia Harvey

Great Eastern-Hyundai S.League 2017
Tampines Rovers v. Home United
12 May (Friday), 7:30pm, Jalan Besar Stadium

We will be playing host to Home United tomorrow night at Jalan Besar Stadium, which will be shown live on television. It’s going to be a big game tomorrow. Both teams were selected to represent Singapore in 2017 AFC Cup, where we have been sadly knocked out from the group stage, and Home United progressed on.

What’s our form at the moment?
This 2017 S.League season has seen us win five games, and losing two. Our biggest victory this season in the S.League came from our first Eastern Derby against Geylang International on 8 April at Jalan Besar Stadium, where Yasir Hanapi and Ryutaro Megumi scored two goals each. Our last game was played last week at Jalan Besar Stadium in the AFC Cup, a game which we lost 4-2 to Ceres-Negros. We currently also have the best defence record in the league this season.

What’s Home United’s form at the moment?
The Dragons have not lost a single game this 2017 S.League season, winning five and drawing two. They currently are second of the table, sitting just two points above us. Home United have also topped their AFC Cup group and progressed to the next round. Their biggest victory this season came in their season opener against Young Lions, a game which they won 6-1.

Past encounters with Home United?
In our last 21 meetings, we have ten wins whilst Home United have seven. Four of our clashes have been draws. In the 2016 S.League season, we did not manage to beat Home United once in our three meetings, with our best result being a 1-1 draw on 3 March. The last time we tasted victory against the Dragons was on 8 November 2015, a game that saw us walk out with a 3-2 win, and where Jufri Taha scored an own goal.

The last time we face Home United?
The last time we faced the Dragons was on 10 September 2016 at Bishan Stadium. We sadly lost through a narrow 1-0 result, after Shamil Sharif scored in the 73rd minute. Our lost against the Dragons in that game cost us the 2016 S.League title as we were pulled further away from champions Albirex Niigata (S).

Home United celebrate their win against Tampines Rovers on 10 September 2016

Sibling Rivalry
The highly anticipated match tomorrow will see Khairul Amri, and younger brother Khairul Nizam, come head-to-head as they fight for Tampines Rovers and Home United respectively. Both have been having great seasons so far, with stellar performances in the AFC Cup and S.League. Amri came on in our away match against Felda United in the AFC Cup to score two goals and secure us the three points. He also scored a vital last-minute winner against the Garena Young Lions that also secured us all three points. Six years younger Nizam, scored a stellar volley in the AFC Cup in Vietnam against Than Quang Ninh from the edge of the penalty area. He also just scored his first ever goal in the Singapore National Stadium during the Sultan’s Of Selangor’s Cup 2017 on 6 May. Both Amri and Nizam have also played alongside each other in the now-defunct LionsXII, and for Singapore.

Khairul Amri celebrates younger brother, Khairul Nizam’s, goal for LionsXII

Team News?
We welcome back Son Yong Chan and Khairul Amri from suspension. Madhu Mohana made his return last week against Ceres-Negros, after a month of being out with a hamstring injury. Hafiz Rahim has also been cleared to play. Shakir Hamzah, despite having been stretchered off last week against Ceres, is fit to play.

How’s the S.League table looking?
We currently have fifteen points and sit third on the S.League table, with our opponents, Home United, only two points above us in second place. Warriors are trailing us by a point, whilst last year’s champions, Albirex Niigata (S), are sitting at the top with nineteen points. Geylang International are fifth with ten points, whilst Hougang United are just a point behind at sixth. Balestier Khalsa are seventh with six points, and 2015 S.League champions Brunei DPMM sit at eighth with just three points. The Garena Young Lions are bottom of the table, and have yet to score a single point.

Any other S.League games this week?
Geylang International v. Albirex Niigata (S) [11 May, JBS]
Warriors v. Hougang United [11 May, CCK]
Garena Young Lions v. Brunei DPMM [13 May, JBS]

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