Free-falling champions Lion City Sailors face do-or-die Singapore Premier League title decider against Albirex Niigata (S)

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just at the beginning of September lion city sailors Seemed destined to aim for two consecutive victories Singapore Premier League Crown.

even after that sudden goodbye With last season’s title-winning manager Kim Do-hoon — not long after losing 4-2 to title rivals Albirex Niigata (S) — The reigning champion has an impressive three-game winning streak suggest that all was well.

In that dominant spell they scored 21 goals against an unfortunate opponent young lions (10-1), tanjong pagar united (7-0) and hougang united (9-4), showing the kind of shape you’d expect from a star-studded outfit like this, similar to what won her first SPL title in 2021.

They were just three points behind their closest challengers, Albirex, but the momentum was certainly in the Sailors’ favor and the title race looked bleak.

Fast forward a month and the Sailors haven’t relinquished the throne yet, but they’re gearing up to do just that.

3 consecutive losses including big upset Geylang International and recently Balestier Khalsa — This allowed Albirex not only to overtake them at the summit, but also to establish a favorable four-point advantage with three games to go.

The two title contenders will meet on Friday for the fourth time this season, and the formula is simple.

With a win, the Sailors will live to fight for the next day. With a loss, Albirex, a satellite team of the Japanese team of the same name, will be crowned SPL champions for the fifth time in seven years.

A longtime contender, Albirex has been known for its ability to remain competitive at all times despite regularly overhauling the team each year.

If they were to return to the top of Singaporean football, it would have been an achievement.

28 Koudai Tanaka’s goal was a revelation, ex-Japan When Southampton Man Lee Tadanari Offered his fair share of valuable experience and pivotal contributions, signed mid-season Ilhan Fundy He has scored 13 goals since joining from Young Lions.

But with all due respect to Albirex and the other SPL contenders, the 2022 SPL has always been one for the Sailors to lose.

After all, the quality they have at their disposal is so rich and varied that it’s enough to put the entire first XI in place. Singapore International.

Their foreign quartet is the former Benfica Man Diego Lopezveteran UEFA club competition campaigner Maxime Restienne When Pedro Enriqueand twice AFC Champions League winner Kim Shin Wook, Korea in 2018 FIFA World Cup.

After two wins in their ACL debut earlier in the year, the team has one against K League 1 at Daegu FC.

The fact of the matter is that it is not. Rather, they struggle to stay on the hunt.

Part of that hinges on the fact that Albirex and the other teams that had recently masterminded the win over the Sailors were willing to rise to the occasion and roll over for the defending champions. SPL.

Still, there’s no denying that the position LCS finds now is due to a strange free fall that was unfathomable only a month ago.

All these elements set the stage for a true title match at Jalan Besar Stadium on Friday.

They say winning the league is easy. Defending the title is where things get trickier.

In such a deadly high-stakes encounter with Albirex, the Sailors must show the true mentality of a champion if they are to keep their hopes of maintaining their status alive.

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