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Young Lions must clip Geylang’s wings without Fandi siblings

Young Lions are in danger of slipping further down the Singapore Premier League (SPL) table when they take on Geylang International FC at Jalan Besar Stadium on Wednesday.

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The visitors were held to a 1-1 draw by Young Lions last time out, with Ifwat Ismail returning to haunt his former team. That put halt to Geylang’s run of six consecutive wins over the Young Lions.

A glance at the standings shows that this should not be a surprise though, with both teams separated by a meagre two points at the moment.

Young Lions are third from bottom, with 13 points from 13 games played. Only Geylang and Hougang United FC have a poorer tally, the former garnering 11 points while the Cheetahs have seven.

A win for the Eagles will see them overtake the Young Lions and that should be the only result acceptable for them, given the quality and experience they possess compared to their younger counterparts.

Neither team have been particularly inspirational of late, with Young Lions failing to pick up any wins in seven games.

They did halt a four-game losing streak by holding Home United FC to a 1-1 draw in their last game, but to make too much of the result would be folly, given how the Protectors missed foreigners Song Ui-Young and Sirina Camara.

Geylang on the other hand have lost their last three fixtures, conceding an alarming 11 goals along the way. They were last beaten 3-0 by Albirex Niigata FC (S).

But the Eagles gave a good fight against the reigning champions and will be confident of their chances, given how lightweight the Young Lions are right now.