Jap and Southern battle for prime place | HK Soccer
R&F will host Yuen Lengthy on Saturday afternoon in Guangzhou. (PHOTO COURTESY OF HKFA)
The Hong Kong Premier League will resume this weekend with the fifth spherical of fixtures that options 5 promising encounters between title contenders and relegation candidates. The consultant workforce of the Particular Administrative Area has simply returned from the newest World Cup qualifying sport, during which they suffered a 0-2 loss away to Iraq. In the meantime, upcoming opponents Bahrain celebrated a formidable 1-Zero victory over Iran. This places the HKFA workforce presently in fourth of their group, with only one level out of three video games. In November the qualifying marketing campaign continues with two dwelling video games towards Bahrain on 14 Nov and Cambodia on 19 Nov.
There has nonetheless been some constructive information for the event of girls’s soccer. Former Kitchee participant Vicky Chung has lately joined Kilmarnock FC within the Scottish Girls’s Premier League 2 and made her profitable debut on 16 Oct. With restricted alternatives within the home league setting, Chung’s switch may additionally pave the best way for extra feminine soccer gamers to develop their careers abroad.
For the approaching weekend, nevertheless, the Hong Kong Premier League might be as soon as once more the centre of consideration.
R&F vs YUEN LONG, Premier League, Yanzigang Stadium, Sat Oct 19, 2:30 pm
On Saturday afternoon, R&F are internet hosting Yuen Lengthy on the Yanzigang Stadium. This would be the workforce’s second dwelling sport in Guangzhou this season and so they positively are anticipated to make up for his or her disastrous 0-Four loss to Jap. Tipped by many because the strongest title contenders this 12 months, R&F have salvaged only one win so far. On paper, it needs to be a comparatively straightforward job for the Guangzhou membership, however Yuen Lengthy have already triggered some upsets this season and shouldn’t be underestimated. They beforehand held each Kitchee and Southern to an away draw, and can most likely include the identical goal to Yanzigang.
TAI PO vs KITCHEE, Premier League, Tai Po Sports activities Floor, Sat Oct 19, 2:30 pm
Concurrently with the sport in Guangzhou, Tai Po will lock horns with Kitchee on Saturday afternoon within the New Territories. It is going to be the primary encounter of either side this season, following the postponement of the Group Cup in September. Though Tai Po are the reigning champions, the squad has seen vital modifications over the summer time, with nearly all of key gamers following coach Lee Chi-kin to Jap. Nonetheless, the Greens have already confirmed that they will nonetheless be resilient by holding Jap to a 3-Three draw. Though Tai Po have misplaced all their cup finals towards Kitchee lately, they’ve gained each league video games final season, together with their spectacular 3-Zero win at dwelling in February. Nonetheless, the Greens can even be with out some vital gamers: Michel Lugo and Kim Minki have each been given bans for a number of matches as a consequence of altercations of their earlier league sport towards Pegasus. Kitchee, however, are anticipated to deliver their strongest squad to Tai Po and can look to remove all three factors to underline their title ambitions.
Kitchee are travelling to the New Territories to tackle reigning champions Tai Po. (PHOTO COURTESY OF HKFA)
LEE MAN vs RANGERS, Premier League, Sham Shui Po Sports activities Floor, Solar Oct 20, 2:30 pm
On Sunday afternoon, Lee Man will tackle Rangers at Sham Shui Po Sports activities Floor. The Bees have to this point been the true shock package deal this season and are presently fourth within the desk. After beating Pegasus and holding Southern to a draw, they need to be the favourites for the upcoming encounter with Rangers. Nonetheless, the latter have already triggered a significant upset towards Pegasus, which can have turned the tide on this 12 months’s relegation battle. That stated, the HKFA introduced the punishment after Rangers had breached the match guidelines of the Sapling Cup by not fulfilling the required quota of U22 gamers. The results of the match, which resulted in a 1-1 draw , was modified to a 3-Zero win for Jap as an alternative, whereas the membership additionally must pay a effective of HK$10,000.
HAPPY VALLEY vs PEGASUS, Premier League, Hammer Hill Highway Sports activities Floor, Solar Oct 20, 2:30 pm
On the identical time on Sunday, Pleased Valley and Pegasus will sq. off on the Hammer Hill Highway Sports activities Floor in Wong Tai Sin. After simply three rounds within the season, this encounter has already turn into a correct relegation six-pointer, because the Flying Horsemen discover themselves on the backside of the league with only a single level. If they might additionally stumble over newly promoted Pleased Valley, Pegasus might not be capable of ignore the present disaster any longer. In the meantime, Pegasus changed their Spanish ahead Jorge Orti with a brand new Argentinian signing: 31-year-old attacking midfielder Gabriel Méndez joined the membership from South America. Apart from, they will nonetheless rely on Australian ahead Charles Lokolingoy, who has made a very good impression within the first few video games, however has but to ship a profitable aim.
EASTERN vs SOUTHERN, Premier League, Tseung Kwan O Sports activities Floor, Solar Oct 20, 5:30 pm
Finally, on Sunday Jap will tackle Southern in Tseung Kwan O, in what might be the spotlight fixture on this spherical. The Blues are nonetheless on prime of the desk, however might discover themselves quickly underneath strain in the event that they drop any extra factors. Southern are presently in second place and on-track to keep up their function as a correct title contender this season. Nonetheless, striker James Ha has picked up an harm these days and it’s but to see if he might be match sufficient to play on this sport. In the meantime, the Jap squad has been additional strengthened with former Tai Po midfielder Wong Wai. The winner of this match will climb to the highest of the desk.
For subsequent week, the HKFA has additionally scheduled two matches of the Sapling Cup group stage. On Tuesday evening, 22 Oct, Tai Po will tackle R&F in Group B. Each groups have met one another within the first match of the season, which resulted in a 4-1 win for the Guangzhou facet. On Wednesday, Kitchee will meet final 12 months’s cup winners Lee Man. Each video games will happen at Mong Kok Stadium and are scheduled for an eight pm kick off.