| Fadhil Yunus |
DPMM FC will look to bounce back from their first defeat in the Singapore Premier League when they host struggling Balestier Khalsa FC at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas tonight.
The Gegar Gegar men’s 11-game unbeaten run this season came to an end after they fell to a 3-1 defeat against Tampines Rovers FC at the Our Tampines Hub in Singapore last week.
Meanwhile, the Tigers come into the tie armed with thoughts of ending a run of five games without victory with their last win coming on April 28 against Warriors.
The Brunei-based outfit will look to extend their lead at the summit over second-placed Albirex Niigata (S) to six points against a side whom they trounced 7-1 when the two sides last met at the Bishan Stadium.
The White Swans are only three points behind the league leaders and will no doubt be interested in seizing any opportunities if there are any slip-ups.
DPMM FC enjoy a six-game unbeaten run in all competitions against the Tigers stretching back to May last year.
A ninth win of the season for Adrian Pennock’s charges will get them on 30 points after 13 league matches.
The head coach said that last week conquerors Tampines Rovers fully deserved the three points.
“I have to give them (Tampines) credit. I thought they played really well and they were miles better than us. They fully deserved the three points,” said Pennock during a post-match interview.
Meanwhile, Tampines first coach Gavin Lee said, “We had a good control of the game. We knew what we were doing defensively. That definitely contributed to our attacks because we were better in terms of stopping their long balls and second balls,” he said.
“That gave us more of the ball return and I think the consequence of that was actually having more of the ball to go forward again.”