File photo shows DPMM FC player Hendra Azam in action during the AIA Singapore Premier League match against Home United FC. – INFOFOTO
BY Fadhil Yunus
DPMM FC will look to establish a nine-point lead at the top of the table in the AIA Singapore Premier League with victory over Geylang International FC when they visit the Our Tampines Hub in Singapore tonight.
Defending champions and second-placed Albirex Niigata (S) will not be in action this weekend and will only feature against the Brunei-based club on May 24.
The Gegar Gegar men moved eight points clear after their 2-0 home win against Home United at the start of the second round fixtures at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium during their previous league appearance.
But a 2-0 win for Albirex against DPMM FC’s future opponent a day later reduced the lead to six points, highlighting the interest of the White Swans in the title race.
The Brunei-based outfit, still undefeated this season, are on a purple patch highlighted by three of the players leading the goals, assists and clean sheets departments.
DPMM FC foreign import Andrei Varankou is enjoying a prolific run after bagging 12 goals to lead the scoring charts and also topped the list for assists with five. The Belarussian has developed good chemistry with local forward Abdul Azizi Ali Rahman in attack.
Meanwhile, DPMM FC goalkeeper Wardun Yussof made five clean sheets in nine league appearances, helping the club to a league low in goals conceded with six so far this term.
The league leaders will be without the services of midfield maestro Azwan Ali Rahman who is serving a suspension following his dismissal in the game against the Protectors.
Geylang will be boosted by the return of Shawal Anuar, who came off the bench in their last league game for his first appearance of the season, having recovered from an anterior cruciate ligament tear injury last season.
However, Geylang head coach Mohd Noor Ali will miss key personnel with the quartet of Barry Maguire, Syahiran Miswan, Muhd Noor Ariff and Darren Teh suspended for the clash.
The Eagles are on the back of three consecutive defeats and currently lie seventh in the table, but could catapult to the top five if they walk away with three points against Adrian Pennock’s men.
DPMM FC could extend their unbeaten run on the road to 10 games in the league this season if they register their eighth victory tonight.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin