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Young Lions keen to remain unbeaten against Warriors FC since 2017

Having not won any of the last four head-to-head encounters, Warriors FC will be looking to get one over Young Lions at Choa Chu Kang Stadium on Sunday evening in the Singapore Premier League (SPL).

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For one reason or another, the Young Lions are somewhat a bogey team for Warriors FC in recent years – being undefeated in the last four meetings with the nine-time champions.

A 1-0 win at Choa Chu Kang Stadium this April was followed by a 1-1 draw at Jalan Besar Stadium a month later.

Last season, the Young Lions held them to a 0-0 home draw in June before prevailing 1-0 at the Warriors den four months later for their only win of the campaign.

The Warriors’ last win in this fixture came in April 2017. Even then, they were given a mighty scare by the Young Lions as they trailed 3-1 before scoring three goals in the final eight minutes to cap off a stunning comeback.

Dating back to 2016, the Young Lions only won two games all season but one of those came against the Warriors in a 3-1 victory at home.

Midfielder Hami Syahin chose to play down their good record against the nine-time champions though, as the Young Lions target another three points in their quest to finish in the top five.

Fandi Ahmad’s boys trail fifth-placed Warriors by two points, with seven games left to go.

“We simply played to the coaches’ instructions and we will always go out there to try and get maximum points,” the 19-year-old told FOX Sports Asia. “Warriors have picked up their form lately but we will still fight till the final whistle to get a result again.

“I believe achieving a top-five finish is a realistic target, if we focus and give our all for the remaining games. With the momentum we have now, I believe we can do it.”

Meanwhile Warriors utility man Shamil Sharif is hoping that third time’s the charm for his side.

“I think we were unlucky (not to win) in the previous two meetings this season where we didn’t convert our chances,” said the 26-year-old, who has been deployed at left back in recent games.

“We just need to play to our strengths and take our chances to get a win over this Young Lions team. It’s important for us to collect maximum points in Round 3 to stay as close as we can to the top teams.”