By Gabriel TanFollow @@gabetan13
On Thursday, last season's runners-up DPMM FC visit the Bishan Stadium to take on a new-look Home United side looking to bounce back from a disappointing fifth-place finish in 2012.
Although the Protectors enjoy an excellent record against the Bruneian outfit, DPMM coach Vjeran Simunic insists form will not come into play, and does not expect their opponents to be any weaker despite losing the likes of Frederic Mendy, Franklin Anzite, John Wilkinson and Ihata over the pre-season.
"Everyone always says Home United are the bogey team for us," he admitted. "But that's just how our record with them has been and there's nothing we can do about it.
"It will be an interesting game and I think Home United will be very strong again.
"Some can say they don't have Mendy any longer, and I respect Mendy very much. But I also respect [new Home signing] Jordan Webb.
"They also have [Singapore] national team players like Indra [Sahdan] Daud, [Masrezwan] Masturi, [Firdaus] Idros, [Ismail] Yunos and perhaps the league's best defender in [Sirina] Camara."
Elsewhere on Thursday, V. Selvaraj will be looking for his Warriors FC side to bounce back from last Friday's Charity Shield defeat to Tampines Rovers when they visit Woodlands Wellington¸who have finished bottom of the pile in the last three seasons.
Friday's matches see Tanjong Pagar United take on Balestier Khalsa at the Jalan Besar Stadium, while Harimau Muda entertain Albirex Niigata (S) in the afternoon kick-off at the Pasir Gudang Stadium.
On Wednesday, defending champions Tampines Rovers got their title defence up and running with a crushing 5-0 victory at Geylang International, while Hougang United handed new coach Alex Weaver a win in his first game in charge after beating Courts Young Lions 1-0 at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
Thursday's Great Eastern-YEO's S.League Fixtures
Home United vs DPMM FC
Woodlands Wellington vs Warriors FC
Friday's Great Eastern-YEO's S.League Fixtures
Tanjong Pagar United vs Balestier Khalsa
Harimau Muda vs Albirex Niigata (S)
Wednesday's Great Eastern-YEO's S.League Results