Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
1930hrs, Toa Payoh Stadium
Balestier Khalsa vs Hougang United
The battle for Middle-Earth continues...Both Balestier and Hougang reunite at the Toa Payoh stadium after both sides succumbed to 2-0 losses in their latest fixtures.
Balestier's lost to Gombak United means the Bulls leap frog the Cheetahs (7th) to 6th in the S-league and Geylang's win (8th) in Hougang see them surge infront of the Tigers who are currently in the 9th position.
The last meeting between Balestier Khalsa and Hougang United produced a 2-2 stalemate in which the Cheetahs - the host team were leading 2-0 at half time but the Tigers clawed their way back in the last quarter of play time.
Injuries have been the bane of late in the Hougang camp but all is hopeful. Hougang's striker Diego de Oliveira is still being rested after his hamstring surgery and we would most likely see the return of Guinean midfielder Mamadou Diallo, whose services in the center of the park were sorely missed in the Geylang game.
Hougang United's second keeper Ridzuan Fatah Hassan will be missing in action while custodian Fadhil Salim should be fit enough for Toa Payoh after receiving a knock in the last match.
Hougang United's nightmares are back to taunt them again and with 'The Hardest Man' centerback Shariff Samat unavailable because suspension, the defensive responsibilities rest on the shoulders of Ratna Suffian and Fumiya Kobayashi.
Balestier Khalsa - Last 5 S-League games L L W L L
|Fri||13/05/11||Balestier Khalsa||0 - 4||Etoile|
|Fri||20/05/11||Young Lions||2 - 0||Balestier Khalsa|
|Wed||25/05/11||Balestier Khalsa||3 - 1||Geylang United|
|Wed||01/06/11||Armed Forces||1 - 0||Balestier Khalsa|
|Mon||20/06/11||Gombak United||2 - 0||Balestier Khalsa|
Hougang United - Last 5 S-league games W W L W L
|Mon||25/04/11||Tanjong Pagar||0 - 5||Hougang United|
|Thu||05/05/11||Woodlands Well...||1 - 4||Hougang United|
|Mon||16/05/11||Home United||4 - 2||Hougang United|
|Thu||19/05/11||Hougang United||2 - 0||Tampines Rovers|
|Mon||20/06/11||Hougang United||0 - 2|
But hey! It's always the same for me no matter what. So...