JDT's possible AFC Cup quarter-final opponents: Who are they?
Club: Tampines Rovers
Summary: Despite this being their eighth AFC Cup appearance, the Stags have only reached the quarter-finals three times and never successfully advanced past that stage.
They have bolstered the squad with former Liverpool star Jermaine Pennant as well as a host of Singapore internationals to help achieve that target.
A huge question mark remains over the squad’s ability to compete with the rest of Asia, with Tampines barely managing to qualify for the last 16.
The Stags had enjoyed a three-game unbeaten run in the competition, before they fell to a 2-1 defeat to Ceres in Philippines.
This was followed by a 3-2 loss to Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi, arguably one of the worst sides in the AFC Cup this year.
Fortunately for Tampines, they recovered to beat Selangor 1-0 and pipped the Malaysian team to second place.
In the round of 16, Tampines had to dig deep and earn a last-gasp 2-1 win over Mohun Bagan in extra time.
All three possible contenders will be relatively new to Tampines, as they have never faced off before in the AFC Cup.
Strength: With an array of talents at the club’s disposal, Tampines should not be worrying about a lack of squad depth. Whether the players can step up to the plate and represent the S.League with pride, however, is another matter altogether.
Weakness: Tampines have struggled for goals this season and their strikers badly need to hit top form.
Difficulty rating: Not the toughest opponents to beat but they could still threaten, especially if Pennant decides to put on another masterclass, as he did against Mohun Bagan.