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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Match Preview: Gombak vs Hougang

Photo: Great Eastern Yeo's
Match Day: Sunday, 8th April 2012
Venue: Jurong West Stadium, 
7.45pm kick-off
Tickets: $5.00 (Adult), $ 1.00 (Student)

The Cheetahs will be looking to increase their chances on improving last season's 7th place finish - their best yet in history, when they take on the Bulls at Jurong West Stadium this Sunday.

Hougang United went back on track to winning ways after impressively dispatching Woodlands Wellington at the Ram's Den, with a Jordan's screamer, penalty, and Stanko Vidakovic's deflected effort to win 3-1, and brought Hougang back to the top half of the table.

Gombak wasn't so lucky the last time round, they fell 3-0 at the hands of DPMM FC, who are currently taking the S-League by storm. Gombak is currently in 10th position with six points on the tally at the moment, and they might be a surprise packege for this game.

Hougang will be without suspended players Stanislav Vidakovic and Faizal Amir, both have collected five yellow cards prior to this game. The loss of Vidakovic may be lethal, as the Croatian Giant have been impressive at the heart of the Cheetah's defence, and also the main target man during set pieces.

Syaqir Sulaiman will be back to partner Hasree Zais in the heart of the defence, if he recovers in time from a twisted knee. There are also another option, the untested Khayrulhayat Jumat, who has yet to appear for the Cheetahs this season.

Gombak United was earmarked for the wooden spoon this season, after losing three quarters of their last season's roster - and their coach, to Balestier Khalsa. Coach K. Balagumaran has promoted many of the Prime League players to play for the first team and many of them have impressed, especially Fareez Farhan and Nur Naiim, who have glued their places in the Bulls starting eleven.

Hougang United may need to pay attention to the Bulls in-form winger, Mustaqim Manzur, who has scored the bulk of the Bulls' goals this season. The former Warriors winger, who joined the Bulls this season, will be looking to breach the Cheetahs' defence and increase his goal tally, which is now on three.

Last season, Hougang travelled to Jurong West twice. The first fixture saw a smash-and-grab winner by Jordan Webb, after a mistake from former Bulls defender Jaslee Hatta and the current goalkeeper, Zaiful Nizam, in which Hougang stunned the much favoured Bulls 1-0.

However, Hougang suffered a slump in the last few fixtures of last season, when the Bulls managed to revenged the earlier defeat, to thump the Cheetahs 3-1.

With both having rebuilt teams, Hougang may want to take advantage of the Bulls new line-up. However, the Bulls may want to take the home advantage to stun the Cheetahs at Home.

Come on Hougang! NO Surrender! (SOURCE)

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