Albirex the team to beat in The New Paper League Cup
Defending champions Albirex Niigata will be the team to beat in next month's The New Paper League Cup as the White Swans aim to carry over their superb S.League form in their quest to win an unprecedented quadruple.
The draw was held at the Singapore Press Holdings auditorium yesterday in the presence of Football Association of Singapore president Zainudin Nordin, S.League CEO Lim Chin, TNP Editor Dominic Nathan, Sports Editor Lim Han Ming and representatives of the eight S.League clubs involved in the competition.
The Garena Young Lions will not be participating in the competition as they will be away for an overseas stint next month.
Albirex have been drawn into Group B alongside Geylang International, Home United and Balestier Khalsa, while an equally competitive Group A pits 2014 champions Brunei DPMM FC against Warriors FC, Hougang United and Tampines Rovers.
The New Paper League Cup champions will receive $30,000 while the runners-up will take home $15,000.
TNP readers and football fans can also stand a chance to win attractive cash prizes if they correctly predict the champions, runners-up and plate final winners.
TNP will randomly pick a winner for the grand prize of $2,000 and four other consolation prizes worth $500.
Brunei DPMM FC