Home United vs Brunei DPMM: Easy fodder for Protectors?

S.League | Bishan Stadium | Thur 25 May | 7.30pm  

Billed As

A match against the weakest DPMM side the S.League has seen in years.

The lowdown

Home United form

Garena Young Lions 1-2 Home United (S.League)

Global Cebu 2-2 Home United (AFC Cup)

Tampines Rovers 3-2 Home United (S.League)

Home United 1-0 Balestier Khalsa (S.League)

Home United 3-0 Geylang International (S.League)

Brunei DPMM Form

Young Lions 0-0 Brunei DPMM (S.League)

Brunei DPMM 0-1 Tampines Rovers (S.League)

Geylang International 2-0 Brunei DPMM (S.League)

Brunei DPMM 3-5 Warriors FC (S.League)

Balestier Khalsa 2-1 Brunei DPMM (S.League)

For the last three years, Brunei DPMM have been consistently challenging for the title and succeeded in doing so in 2015.

However, this season, they look a far cry from their old selves and have been subjected to several abject results in the S.League.

The Wasps have only won one game all season and only recently shook off a four-game losing streak, albeit with a draw against the bottom-of-table Young Lions.

Home United are among the in-form teams at the moment and while they lost their unbeaten status to Tampines Rovers two weeks ago, they bounced back for a 2-1 victory over Young Lions in their last game.

The Protectors will be forgiven if they rate their chances of victory highly in this game. A win at home will allow them to cut Albirex Niigata’s lead at the top to two points temporarily.

Team News:

It appears Home rested several individuals in their last game and will have a full squad to pick from this time.

Goalkeeper Hassan Sunny should be reinstated into the starting 11, while Izzdin Shafiq and Sirina Camara are fit again.

DPMM have reportedly made several changes to their foreign roster. Brian McLean has supposedly returned to England due a family emergency. DPMM are believed to have signed striker David Gazale as a replacement.

Yura Indera Putra is also unavailable due to suspension.

Key Battle: Irfan Fandi vs Rafael Ramazotti

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Ramazotti should provide Irfan with a stern test

Irfan has been learning how to defend this season and he is about to face his greatest test so far, as he will come up against the towering Ramazotti.

The Brazilian has been using his huge frame to his advantage as he finished as the league’s top scorer for the past two seasons.

Irfan is pretty big in size himself but he is still lacks experience, so this should be a pretty good test for him.

The Coaches

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Steve Kean is under pressure to deliver results

Home coach Aidil will be keen for his side to go on another winning run again, so he should field his best possible side.

Steve Kean on the other hand is suffering his worst start to the S.League season ever, with one win and one draw in eight games.

Past Five meetings

DPMM 1 - 3 Home United (S.League, Mar ‘17)

DPMM 3 - 1 Home United (S.League, Sep ‘16)

DPMM 1 - 0 Home United (League Cup, Jul ‘16)

Home United 5 - 0 DPMM (S.League, May ‘16)

DPMM 2 - 1 Home United (S.League, Mar ‘16)

Facts and Figures

  • DPMM have lost six games out of eight this season. Their last win came at home, with a 2-0 victory over Hougang United.

  • Despite possessing Ramazotti, DPMM have only scored seven goals across all the games. They are scoreless in their last three matches.

  • Home have beaten DPMM in their last two games at Bishan Stadium.

FourFourTwo prediction

Home United 3 Brunei DPMM 1. The Wasps have looked shaky in defence of late and it will be a surprise if Stipe Plazibat does not punish them.

Photos: S.League