|2020-2021 BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League season kicks-off on Saturday afternoon
The much-anticipated 2020-2021 BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League will kick-off on Saturday afternoon, with Eastern Long Lions and RCFC going toe-to-toe in the league-opener. Match venue for the exciting battle will be Mongkok Stadium and starting time for the clash is set for 15:00.
Premier league powerhouse Eastern Long Lions has started the new domestic campaign strongly. The local big hitter has racked up three wins, one draw and one loss from five fixtures in the Sapling Cup group stage and currently tops its group. While it remains to be seen whether Eastern Long Lions can duplicate its solid cup form for the premier league, it should also be noted that the team did manage to beat RCFC 5:0 in the Sapling Cup group stage and will be gunning for another victory this time around. Forwards Alessandro Leonardo, Everton Camargo and Lucas Da Silva have eleven goals amongst them so far this season and all seem to be in great scoring form.
Premier league new boys RCFC will likely have its hands full on Saturday afternoon when facing perennial title-contender Eastern Long Lions. However, while the matchup might seem to be a David vs Goliath battle on paper, RCFC remains far from a walkover. Despite losing to Eastern Long Lions 0:5 in the Sapling Cup group stage earlier this season, RCFC did manage to serve up some solid performances in the competition. Goalkeeper Lam Chun-kit, as well as outfield players such as Wong Wai-kwok, Felipe De Sa, Carles Tena all had their moments in early season and should relish the opportunity to once again test themselves against the well-balanced Eastern Long Lions lineup.
On late Saturday afternoon, Tin Shui Wai Pegasus will host Kwoon Chung Southern in Yuen Long Stadium for the second BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League fixture of the day. The match will go underway at 17:30.
Ambitious Tin Shui Wai Pegasus made a lot of noises in the offseason, hoping for a much-improved showing in the new premier league campaign. The side brought in several new faces from Brazil for the new season and their presences have seemingly paid immediate dividends, with Jose Borges and Jose Dos Santos both finding the back of the net in their Tin Shui Wai Pegasus debuts. Sun Ming-him and Wu Chun-ming, both new arrivals to the club as well, have injected energy and skills to the Tin Shui Wai Pegasus lineup, making the team a much-improved squad no doubt.
Kwoon Chung Southern has put together some decent performances in the Sapling Cup group stage and is poised for a solid start in the new premier league campaign. The Hong Kong Island-side has picked up one win, three draws and one loss from five Sapling Cup outings and looks rightfully competitive. Shu Sasaki and Stefan Pereira, both astute pick-ups from the latter half of the previous season, have settled very well into the Kwoon Chung Southern lineup, while local marksman Chan Kwong-ho has been leading the team in scoring in the early stage of the new domestic football season.
On Sunday afternoon, BC Rangers will take on Happy Valley in Hammer Hill Road Sports Ground for the latest fixture in the BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League. The match will kick-off at 15:00.
BC Rangers will be heading into its first premier league fixture of the new season mired in a five-game losing streak – all stem from the Sapling Cup group stage. While things might look alarming in the BC Rangers camp, the fact is that the young side has opened a lot of people’s eyes with its on-field performances. Striker Lam Hok-hei has rediscovered his scoring touch in the new season and is actually riding on a three-game scoring streak. Veteran midfielder Lam Ka-wai continues to be an influential figure for BC Rangers, both on and off the field. Backstopped by the equally capable Lo Siu-kei, Li Yat-chun and Oleksii Shliakotin in goal, BC Rangers remains a legitimate threat for a potential upset.
Spirit in the Happy Valley camp should be extremely high at the moment, as the young side is fresh off a 6:1 trashing of RCFC in the Sapling Cup group stage. Nigerian winger Roberto Odu and Brazilian midfielder Mikael Servero, both scored hat-tricks in the victory against RCFC, should be chomping at the bit for another opportunity to add to their tallies. Forward Rasaq Adegbite, another new signing from Nigeria, was a handful against RCFC and should be highly motivated to open his Happy Valley scoring account in the earliest possible manner.
Later on the same day, Kitchee will meet up with Lee Man in Mongkok Stadium to wrap up the weekend’s busy BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League schedule. Kick-off time for the match is scheduled for 17:30.
After winning last season’s premier league in dramatic fashion, Kitchee will try to defend its title by going toe-to-toe against Lee Man on Sunday afternoon. While the Shek Mun side has remained undefeated in the Sapling Cup group stage to start the new season, the once explosive Kitchee attack has uncharacteristically gone cold in the new season – going scoreless in three of its first five cup matches so far. Spanish forward Manu Gavilan joined the team for the final stretch of last season and is a tireless worker up-front. Emerging forward Matthew Orr started the new season red hot and has six goals under his name. Both Gavilan and Orr will be tasked to fire Kitchee to its first premier league victory of the season.
Another premier league outfit that has remained undefeated in the early season Sapling Cup competition, Lee Man should enter Sunday’s battle against Kitchee in rather decent form. The enterprising side is fresh off a 1:1 draw against BC Rangers midweek but has distributed controlled minutes for its key players, including the likes of Michael N’dri, Jonatan Acosta, Leong Ka-hang and Lee Hong-lim. Striker Leong Ka-hang has been extremely explosive in the early season – scoring four goals in four games. With confidence soaring at the moment, Leong remains the number one threat in the Lee Man lineup.