Balestier return for ex-coach Moin

Woodlands Wellington coach Salim Moin returns to former side Balestier Khalsa hoping to inflict their first loss in the Great Eastern-YEO's S.League on Sunday.

Lim Young Woo, Salim Moin, Paul Cunningham.

In the managerial rollercoaster that is part and parcel of every S.League manager's life, Moin has taken a number of turns already. 

The 50-year-old tactician was given just a single season in charge of the Tigers last season and he saw many of his former players depart the club to join him at Woodlands this year.

Moin would be happy, nevertheless, with his current squad who have registered two wins in their opening two matches, including a notable one over an under-strength Young Lions. 

But since then, he has seen his team lose out in the final few minutes against Albirex Niigata and then watched on as the Rams got trounced by Tampines Rovers last week.

Nevertheless, it should be an intriguing encounter between the two sides as their supporters will likely see the result of this match as a barometer of change. 

Under new coach Darren Stewart, the Toa Payoh outfit have been impressive this term as they have yet to lose a match. This is despite the fact that Stewart saw his players test their mettle against Tampines, Hougang United and Home United. Their strong performances have been based upon an overhaul of the defence seeing the side concede just one goal from four games!

Sunday's other encounter sees a tantalising tie between Harimau Muda and Albirex Niigata and the Malaysians will need to be wary against the wounded White Swans.

Albirex Niigata suffered their first defeat against DPMM FC last week. The match was a thrilling encounter with Sho Kamimura's brilliant acrobatic volley being matched by an excellent goal by Rodrigo Grahi that was the result of some superb teamwork. 

Harimau, on the other hand, will seek to remain the league's only side to have taken maximum points from their games thus far and so they will have to be cautious in Yishun when they defend against the pacey frontline of the Japanese side. 

The round kicks off on Thursday with Home United looking to build upon their crowd-pleasing 7-1 win over Geylang United last week when they face Hougang United.

In the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich followed up a similar scoreline against Hoffenheim with an emphatic 7-0 win over FC Basel in Tuesday's Champions League encounter and so the Protectors will seek to follow the precedent! Hougang will be no pushovers, however, and will definitely give it their all.

Tampines Rovers also kicked off their season in earnest last week with a win over Woodlands and will face the league's whipping boys Tanjong Pagar United in Clementi hoping to register their second successive victory.

The following day sees an interesting matchup between SAFFC and Young Lions who are both failing to live up to the high expectations of their fanbase. Young Lions especially need a win as they face their national rivals Harimau next week and will be looking to send a strong message before the highly-anticipated clash.

The final match of the round sees DPMM FC host Geylang United and with the Eagles currently struggling to lift their season off the ground having already shipped in 12 goals, it should be a straightforward affair for the Brunei-based side.

Thursday's S.League Fixtures

Hougang United vs Home United

Tampines Rovers vs Tanjong Pagar United

Friday's S.League Fixtures

SAFFC vs Young Lions

DPMM FC vs Geylang United

Sunday's S.League Fixtures

Balestier Khalsa vs Woodlands Wellington

Harimau Muda vs Albirex Niigata



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