FFT's Five Finds: Albirex most in-form Southeast Asia team

Another exciting weekend around Southeast Asia and plenty of action for FourFourTwo's Five Finds to discuss. 

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The White Swans are flying high in Singapore

In Albirex Niigata’s 12-year history in the S.League, they have never won the league title despite capturing a slew or trophies in recent years. Just a year ago, they clinched the Singapore and League Cup.

But in the league, three of the four most recent seasons have only brought third-place finishes.

At the moment, the team is – along with Bangkok United – the most in-form team in Southeast Asia and it is looking ominous for the rest of the league.

Champions Brunei DPMM are struggling for wins, Warriors FC are not the force they once were and Hougang United surely don't have what it takes to be champions.

It may be down to Tampines Rovers to make the challenge. At the moment however, the mighty Stags have the AFC Cup to worry about.

Albirex have no such commitments and will be quite happy if their domestic rivals keep going until the end of the continental road.

Early Singapore pain for Selangor

Singapore won the SOS Cup for the first time since 2011. Photo: S.League

There was a big crowd at Shah Alam Stadium for the Sultan of Selangor Cup on Saturday as a Singapore selection defeated Selangor after a penalty shootout.

The fans enjoyed the game, if not the outcome, as the visitors won the cup for the first time in five years.

No sooner had Selangor stood and watched Singapore parade the trophy, they were shuttled off across the border to prepare for a much bigger and important clash.

The AFC Cup showdown at the National Stadium across the Causeway should be a very big deal. A draw and Selangor go through to the last 16 while Tampines need to win.

For Selangor there is a quick chance of revenge. Winning in Singapore and then in Asia would be a fine way to forget Saturday's setback and an underwhelming start to the league season.