The recently resumed 2020 AIA Singapore Premier League (SPL) sees Tampines Rovers leading the pack after two consecutive wins amid reaching the half-point.

By occupying the top spot, the five-time league winner is adamant to continue its excellent form to win the remaining matches. They last won the league in 2013.

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With the withdrawal of current champions Brunei DPMM FC and boosted by the return of national defender Baihakki Khaizan from Thailand, The Stags recorded two important wins against Albirex Niigata S and Young Lions despite losing to Hougang United since the restart.

Its defence is among the best in the league at present with no goals conceded in the past five matches.

Team import Jordan Webb has netted 11 goals with few goals from local players, which also contributed to the team’s resurgence.

Also, the expunge of loss result against DPMM FC means Tampines is on the right course to covet the title.

Team coach Gavin Lee is charting team rotation to ensure the squad is fully fit to play the remaining seven matches, with five of them to be played in November.

Tampines have scored in 26 straight SPL matches – last drawing a blank in a 0-0 home draw against Albirex in March 2019 and becoming the longest current streak of any team in the league’s history.

Entering the second round, The Stags are closely trailed by four teams, all in contention to win the league that guarantees an automatic spot in the 2021 AFC Champions League’s group stage, representing Singapore.

Tampines Rover’s second-round campaign will kick-off on November 12 by playing away at the Bishan Stadium against Balestier Khalsa.

This article was first published on November 7, 2020 in our Weekly E-Paper issue 114

The Bruneian | KUALA LUMPUR

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