|BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League title to be decided on Sunday afternoon
Happy Valley is fresh off a four-goal trashing by Eastern Long Lions midweek and things are not going to get any easier for the young side, with Kitchee standing on the opposite end on Sunday afternoon. When Happy Valley last faced Kitchee, it was actually the team’s first league game of the season and Happy Valley duly suffered a 0:5 defeat on the day. However, Happy Valley’s young guns have vastly improved since then and will be eager to show everyone how much they have grown since.
With premier league title-fate resting largely on its hands, Kitchee somehow allowed Kwoon Chung Southern to equalize late in the previous game and had to eventually settle for a disappointing 1:1 draw. With only a point gained from its last outing, Kitchee now finds itself occupying the second spot in the premier league, trailing Eastern Long Lions by one point. The Shek Mun-based side can still clinch the title but has to first take care of business on the weekend, while hoping for other results to go its way. Ex-Happy Valley striker Manu Gavilan has scored in back-to-back games for Kitchee and should relish the opportunity to face off against his former teammates.
On Sunday afternoon, Kwoon Chung Southern will square off against Lee Man in Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground for a BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League fixture. The match will go underway at 15:00 behind closed doors.
Despite yet to open its winning account since the restart of the premier league campaign, Kwoon Chung Southern showed tremendous bottle last week by scoring late in the game and holding big hitter Kitchee to a 1:1 draw. Goalkeeper Tse Tak-him was brilliant against Kitchee, largely responsible for keeping Kwoon Chung Southern in the game, while Zeshan Rehman and Shu Sasaki both had solid outings for the Hong Kong Island-side. Sunday’s game will mark the end of Kwoon Chung Southern’s season and there is little doubt that the team will be eager to wrap things up with a positive result.
After racking up an encouraging victory against Happy Valley at the restart of the premier league campaign, Lee Man suddenly finds itself mired in a slump approaching the end of the season. The enterprising side has dropped three consecutive games recently, including the Senior Shield final. More worryingly, Lee Man was shut out twice in those three losses and that should be a legitimate concern for the Lee Man coaching staff. Michael N’dri missed Lee Man’s previous fixture due to personal reasons and his status for Sunday’s match will likely impact the team’s winning chances.
Eastern Long Lions and R&F are set to face each other in Hong Kong Stadium on Sunday afternoon for a crunching BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League affair. The match will start at 15:00 behind closed doors.
With FA Cup and Senior Shield trophies safely stored in its trophy cabinet, table-topping Eastern Long Lions will hope to clinch the league-title and to complete the amazing “treble” on Sunday afternoon. As the current pacesetter in the league table, the premier league powerhouse leads second and third place sides Kitchee and R&F each by a point, thus a win over R&F will see Eastern Long Lions beating its rivals to the finishing line and lifting the premier league title. FA Cup final and Senior Shield final M.V.P. Everton Camargo missed his team’s previous outing due to suspension and should be available for selection this time around.
Currently sitting third in the premier league standing, R&F trails table-topping Eastern Long Lions only by a point. A win against the league leader on Sunday afternoon, aided by results elsewhere, will see R&F leapfrogging Eastern Long Lions and Kitchee to claim the premier league crown. With premier league title still a legitimate possibility, rest assured the R&F troops will be putting their best foot forward on Sunday afternoon, hoping that things will all work out for the team. Serge Deble, Giovane Da Silva and Igor Sartori remain a dangerous attacking trio up-front but it might be R&F’s defense that holds the key to the team’s fortunes.