Premier League sides set to renew hostilities, hoping to move up in league table
Kitchee and Tin Shui Wai Pegasus are due to meet up in Mongkok Stadium on Thursday evening for the latest fixture in the BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League circuit. The match will start at 20:00.
Kitchee opened its premier league winning account of the new season last week by edging Kwoon Chung Southern with a late goal. The victory shot the Shek Mun-based side to the third spot in the league table, putting Kitchee within striking distance of the pole position. Taking down second-place Tin Shui Wai Pegasus on Thursday night will undoubtedly be Kitchee’s main goal and with recent big-ticket signing Dejan Damjanovic gradually settling into the fold, Kitchee should be poised for another solid outing.
Tin Shui Wai Pegasus currently sits second in the premier league table and has done quite well in the league circuit so far. Brazilian livewire Marcos Da Silva scored a brace in the team’s recent victory over BC Rangers and has injected some much-needed energy, pace and creativity to the side. Defender Jose Borges served his suspension on the weekend and missed out on Tin Shui Wai Pegasus’ victory over BC Rangers. Borges potential return on Thursday evening should solidify the team’s somewhat inconsistent backline.
On Friday night, Kwoon Chung Southern and Eastern Long Lions will lock horns in Mongkok Stadium for a tasty BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League clash. The match will kick-off at 20:00.
Kwoon Chung Southern has accumulated four points from its first three premier league outings of the season and currently occupies the fifth spot in the league table. The Hong Kong Island-side was set for a hard-earned point against Kitchee last week but dropped everything late in the game by allowing Kitchee’s Cleiton Velasques to score the eventual game-winner. The Kwoon Chung Southern defense must stay on guard this time around to avoid the same heartbreak to happen. Young forward Matthew Cahill opened his Kwoon Chung Southern scoring account on the weekend and will seek to build on that feat.
Table-topping Eastern Long Lions dropped two valuable points to Happy Valley in the previous outing and will be extremely motivated to get back on the winning track. Thankfully, influential forward Everton Camargo served his suspension last week and should be available for selection for Friday night’s fixture, giving the team added firepower to go alongside Alessandro Leonardo and Lucas Da Silva. Having already put seven goals past Kwoon Chung Southern in previous clashes so far this season, the Eastern Long Lions attack always seems to enjoy itself against the Hong Kong Island-side and could be pushing for another bountiful outing.
RCFC and BC Rangers will meet up on Saturday afternoon in Tsing Yi Sports Ground for the lone BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League fixture of the day. The match will start at 15:00.
With three straight losses in the premier league, RCFC finds itself located at the basement of the league table, looking up to all of its rivals. While the premier league minnows might have a lot to improve on, both offensively and defensively, the team has nevertheless tried to play an exciting, wide-open style of football on the pitch, thrilling the neutrals to no end. Despite losing 1:5 to Lee Man last weekend, RCFC did not give up at any point in the game, kept swinging back at Lee Man and battled hard right until the end. As long as the team can keep up with the effort and desire, results are bound to go RCFC’s way somewhere down the road.
Sitting just a spot above lowly RCFC in the league table, BC Rangers will be eager to overcome its fellow premier league struggler on the weekend, hoping to build up some distance between itself and the league basement. Tenacious midfielder Philip Chan signed for BC Rangers earlier in the week and is pushing to make his BC Rangers debut on the weekend. However, goals have suddenly dried up for BC Rangers, as the team has failed to score in back-to-back fixtures. Quality service and additional support must be provided to striker Lam Hok-hei up-front.
On Sunday afternoon, Lee Man will face Happy Valley for the last remaining BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League fixture of the weekend. Match venue for the tilt will be Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground and the match will go underway at 15:00.
Mid-table side Lee Man is trying to move up in the premier league standing and can certainly gain some traction on the potential movement with three welcoming points against BC Rangers. The team is fresh off a 5:1 victory over RCFC and should be keen to build on its momentum. Despite losing French striker Michael N’dri to retirement recently, midseason pickup Kim Seung Yong has settled in with Lee Man amicably – netting two goals from his first two outings in Lee Man colors. Brazilian winger Martins Givanilton has been in great form recently and should be busy knocking on the Happy Valley door.
Happy Valley has quietly been riding on a six-game unbeaten streak and is turning into a dark horse side in the premier league circuit. Hard-working and undeterred, Happy Valley seems always capable of causing legitimate threat to its opponents – just as Eastern Long Lions, who dropped two valuable points against Happy Valley last week. Riding on solid confidence, Happy Valley troops should be fired up for a potential upset against Lee Man, yet the recent injury and playing status of midfield dynamo Mikael Severo should not be underestimated, as the Brazilian has been a driving force in the Happy Valley lineup so far this season.