Top flight sides continue to battle, as Premier League enters Week 7


Kwoon Chung Southern will host Sham Sui Po in Aberdeen Sports Ground on Saturday afternoon to kick-start Week 7 of the BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League fixtures. The match between two district sides will go underway at 15:00.

Kwoon Chung Southern currently sits fourth in the premier league standing and is eager to make an upward push on the table. The side has solid momentum behind its back, as the team is currently riding on a four-game unbeaten streak in all competitions, winning the past three matches to boot. With seven goals under his name so far this season, Shu Sasaki is probably the most dynamic player in the Kwoon Chung Southern squad and must be closely watched.

Lowly Sham Shui Po has been struggling hard practically since the start of the season and things are not going to get easier this week – with an away fixture against Kwoon Chung Southern looming. As a matter of fact, the district side has dropped all six league fixtures so far this season and has allowed a staggering twenty-five goals from those matches, while scoring only once. Residing at the league basement at the time of writing, Sham Shui Po will undoubtedly have its handful against Kwoon Chung Southern and it remains to be seen whether the struggling side can galvanize itself and come up with a surprising result.

Elsewhere on the same day, at the same time, HK U23 will entertain BC Rangers in Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground for another BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League fixture. The match is scheduled to start at 15:00.

Similar to fellow premier league strugglers Sham Shui Po, HK U23 has find life difficult at the top flight. In fact, based on average league goals allowed, HK U23 does possess an inferior defensive record than Sham Shui Po, highlighting the team's struggle to keep goals from entering its own net. Up-front, things are not much better for HK U23, as the side has only scored one single goal from its five league matches. It sure looks like a challenging task for HK U23 to overcome BC Rangers on the weekend, despite owning home advantage.

BC Rangers finally opened its premier league winning account of the new season by defeating Sham Shui Po 4:0 at home last weekend. The victory should do wonders to BC Rangers' overall confidence and that should be music to the ears of the team's management. In fact, the victory against Sham Shui Po last weekend snapped BC Rangers' four-game winless streak in the league and the team should now be solely focused on building on last week's success and to start moving up the league table.

Later on Saturday, Kitchee and Eastern are due to meet up in Mongkok Stadium for the third BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League fixture of the day. The match will kick-off at 18:00.

Kitchee currently sits second in the premier league table and only trails league leader Lee Man due to an inferior head-to-head record. As one of the most in-form sides in the premier league circuit, Kitchee has been red hot recently, winning its past four matches in all competitions, scoring fifteen goals while conceding none. The Shek Mun-side has already beaten Eastern once earlier this season in the Sapling Cup group stage and will be eager to claim another victory over its old rival.

At the time of writing, Eastern finds itself situated around the middle pack of the premier league table. The once dominant side has only eight points from five league fixtures so far this season and currently occupies the sixth spot in the league standing. Having lost to Kitchee by 1:5 earlier this season in the Sapling Cup group stage, Eastern will certainly be out for revenge. Forward Sun Ming-him has shown steady maturity in his game this season, with five goals under his name. Sun could very well hold the key to Eastern's winning chances on the weekend.

On Sunday afternoon, Wofoo Tai Po will welcome HKFC to Tai Po Sports Ground for the first BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League fixture of the day. The match will start at 15:00.

After more than a month playing away from home, Wofoo Tai Po will be returning to Tai Po Sports Ground on the weekend and performing in front of its faithful home supporters. The New Territories side has done decently since its return to the top flight this season but should be aiming to climb up the league table. Wofoo Tai Po suffered a 2:4 Sapling Cup loss against HKFC in neutral venue earlier this month and should be gunning for revenge. Home field advantage might just be what the doctor has ordered for Wofoo Tai Po this coming weekend.

HKFC continues to defy odds this season and keeps turning out victories. The Happy Valley-based side snapped a two-game winless streak last weekend by defeating HK U23 2:1 at home, proving to everyone that HKFC is indeed the real deal. Currently sitting third in the premier league table trailing only Lee Man and Kitchee, HKFC will understandably try to keep pace with the premier league powerhouses and with little or practically no pressure on the team's shoulders, that could be HKFC's biggest advantage heading into another round of league fixture.  

Lee Man and RCFC are set to lock horns in Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground for the second BOC Life Hong Kong Premier League battle on Sunday afternoon. The match will kick-off at 18:00.

After suffering a 1:4 loss to Kwoon Chung Southern earlier this month in the Sapling Cup group stage, Lee Man seems to have regained its footing recently, by putting together back-to-back league victories over HKFC and Eastern, while retaining top spot in the premier league standing. Young forward Chang Hei-yin has been serving up eye-catching solid performances for Lee Man recently and could play a vital role up-front, supporting fellow Lee Man attackers such as Everton Camargo, Manuel Bleda and Givanilton Martins.

With ten points gathered through six premier league outings, RCFC finds itself occupying fifth spot in the premier league table and is in prime position to make a push for a higher ranking. The young side certainly missed Brazilian forward Felipe Sa last weekend, as RCFC suffered a 0:1 loss to Kwoon Chung Southern in the premier league without Sa's services. While the status of RCFC's leading scorer remains uncertain for the coming weekend, Sa's availability could play a huge factor in RCFC's winning chances.