Singapore Football

And now there are three

Two home games, six points dropped.

With three games left in the title race, leaders Brunei DPMM are on the verge of the biggest collapse in S.League history.

And just like closest rivals Warriors FC, who are two points behind the Wasps, defending champions Tampines Rovers, a further point back, are also relishing the opportunity to pounce.

Tampines coach Rafi Ali told The New Paper: "Of course Warriors' 3-2 win over DPMM is good news for us.

"I believe we have the character and discipline in our team to mount a serious challenge, but there's no two ways about it now, we got to win our remaining matches against Balestier, Warriors and DPMM."

SHAKY

Tampines midfielder Shahdan Sulaiman concedes that the league title is still DPMM's to lose, but pointed to a few factors that could put the Brunei side at a disadvantage.

While Warriors and Tampines play their last three games over 15 days and 16 days, respectively, DPMM have to play theirs over just eight days - from Oct 24 to Oct 31.

Moreover, in a stern test of their fitness, their local players have to represent Brunei in four Suzuki Cup qualifiers from Oct 12 to Oct 20.

"Hopefully, this would put them at a disadvantage and cause them to drop points," said Shahdan.

Warriors coach Alex Weaver added: "This might play into our hands, but we can only take care of our own business and try to win all our matches."

Rafi agreed and said: "It's not a good timing for DPMM to face all these matches, but we all have had to deal with injuries and suspensions at one point or another and these things even themselves out over nine months.

"Across the length of the season, the most consistent team will win.

"We want to make sure that team are us."

- DAVID LEE


BIG THREE'S 
REMAINING FIXTURES

BRUNEI DPMM

  • Oct 24: v Balestier (Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium)
  • Oct 28: v Albirex (Jurong East Stadium)
  • Oct 31: v Tampines (Jalan Besar Stadium)

WARRIORS

  • Oct 17: v Home United (Jalan Besar Stadium)
  • Oct 23: v Tampines (Choa Chu Kang Stadium)
  • Oct 31: v Albirex (Choa Chu Kang Stadium)

TAMPINES

  • Oct 16: v Balestier (Clementi Stadium)
  • Oct 23: v Warriors (Choa Chu Kang Stadium)
  • Oct 31: v Brunei DPMM (Jalan Besar Stadium)