Singapore Football

Key battles

GORAN LJUBOJEVIC V 
SIRINA CAMARA

Balestier's main goal threat will come in the form of 1.90m-tall targetman Goran Ljubojevic.

The 31-year-old (left) has plundered 26 goals in all competitions but only two have come in the RHB Singapore Cup.

The former Dinamo Zagreb and Croatia Under-21 star is likely to come up against Home's versatile defender Sirina Camara.

Although the 1.78m-tall Frenchman (right) is at a disadvantage in terms of height, he possesses a good leap and has been one of Home's most dynamic and important players since joining in 2013.

Camara needs to be at his best to keep Goran the Great quiet.

PARK KANG JIN V 
LEE KWAN WOO

The student is about to take on the master.

In an interview with The New Paper in October last year, Balestier playmaker Park Kang Jin revealed how star-struck he was at sharing the pitch with Home's former South Korea international Lee Kwan Woo, a player he watched as a kid.

"He's too big a player for me to talk to," 27-year-old Park (left) told TNP then, but he will no doubt be trying to upstage his idol tonight.

Lee (right) is 36 and is hindered by troublesome knees these days, but he still oozes class with his vision, passing range and set-piece ability.

The former Suwon Samsung Bluewings star has scored three goals in the Singapore Cup.

The final could well be decided by which South Korean playmaker turns on the style tonight.

NURULLAH HUSSEIN V 
INDRA SAHDAN

One is a rookie defender, the other a deadly striker who has scored against the likes of Manchester United, Uruguay and Japan.

But the battle between Balestier's 21-year-old fullback-turned-centre back Nurullah Hussein and Home's 35-year-old forward Indra Sahdan is unlikely to be one-sided.

Left-footed Nurullah (left), who joined the Tigers from Courts Young Lions at the start of the season, has performed well during captain Paul Cunningham's absence from the heart of defence.

Coach Marko Kraljevic has even labelled him "my biggest surprise" this season.

Indra (right), meanwhile, looks to have won the battle with Fazrul Nawaz for Home's starting striker spot. He will be determined to repay Lee Lim Saeng's faith.

The veteran scorer, who has scored just five goals in all competitions, will also be desperate to add to that tally.