Home United vs Warriors FC: Uniformed Derby to offer possible reprieve

S.League | Bishan Stadium | Thurs 4 Aug | 7.30pm   

Billed as

A derby which will have no consequence on the league title.

The lowdown

Home Form

  • Brunei DPMM 1-0 Home (League Cup)

  • Balestier Khalsa 2-2 Home (League Cup)

  • Home 5-0 Geylang International (League Cup)

  • Home 0-2 Albirex Niigata (S) (League Cup)

  • Home 2-2 Balestier Khalsa (Singapore Cup)

Warriors FC Form

  • Geylang International 1-0 Warriors (League Cup)

  • Hougang United 4-1 Warriors (League Cup)

  • Warriors 0-3 Tampines Rovers (League Cup)

  • Brunei DPMM 4-0 Warriors (League Cup)

  • Hougang United 1-3 Warriors (S.League)

In the early years of the S.League, a derby between the two uniformed giants Home United and Warriors FC would usually have an impact on the title race.

Not this season, with both sides making exits from the League and Singapore Cup, while their patchy league forms mean that only a monumental collapse by those leading the table can give them a chance of winning the league.

However, the fight for third is only just beginning to heat up, with the third to fifth placed teams level on 22 points. Warriors are also in the hunt despite languishing in seventh spot, as they have 18 points.

On paper, Warriors are the underdogs for this game and their woeful run of four consecutive losses does not bode well for them.

However, Home are not in the best of shapes as well, after a 1-0 defeat to Brunei DPMM in the League Cup semi-finals resulted in Philippe Aw’s redesignation as head coach to youth coach.

Team News

Home will welcome back Azhar Sairudin, Abdil Qaiyyim, Zulfahmi Arifin and Khairul Nizam from international duty.

However, Faris Ramli is still out injured while Sirina Camara looked off the pace in his last game against Brunei DPMM.

On Warriors’ end, Madhu Mohana and Hafiz Nor will be available once again. Jonathan Behe was injured in the League Cup and remains a doubt for the Choa Chu Kang-based team.

Key Battle: Hafiz Nor vs Sirina Camara

If Home choose to start Camara once again at left-back, Warriors should be aiming to hit them there.

The defender was off colour in his last game and his sluggish movement often resulted in him giving away the ball.

Hafiz Nor is among the quickest forwards around, so if Camara was to mark him, he might find himself afforded more space than usual.

Hafiz was called up by Singapore head coach V.Sundramoorthy recently for the Japan tour as well as the international friendly against Cambodia but he featured sparingly and should be fresh and ready to go.

The Coaches

Home will have a new coach sitting in the dugout, as Aidil Sharin will take over first-team duties after Philippe Aw was redesignated.

It remains to be seen if Home will continue their style of one-touch football, with an emphasis on offense.

Warriors interim coach Razif Onn on the other hand is enduring a beleaguered season since he took over as he laments the squad’s lack of depth, especially up front.

He may look adopt a counter-attacking game, using the pace and guile of Hafiz Nor to hurt the Protectors.

Facts and Figures

  • Home have not lost to Warriors in their last six meetings.

  • The last time this fixture ended in a scoreless stalemate was back in 2010.

  • Warriors have not lost more than four games in a row since 2010. It will be their worst competitive run in six years if they do lose to Home.

FourFourTwo prediction

With Home welcoming back so many key players, they should have no problem collecting a win here. A 2-0 win for the Protectors.