In this afternoon’s Metfone C-League action at Olympic Stadium, early pacesetters National Police Commissary come up against reigning champions Phnom Penh Crown while Build Bright United return to the full power to take on league newcomers Boeung Ket Rubber Field.
National Police v Phnom Penh Crown – 2:30pm
The table-topping Police team, lead by youthful coach Ung Kanyanith, will look to continue their hot streak with a fourth straight league win from their match against an out-of-sorts Crown side, who have lost three of their four games so far.
Police hitman Nelson Oladiji is a formidable threat, having found the net three times in his two appearances this season.
Last year, Crown dispatched the Police in both their encounters with scores of 2-0 and 5-0.
Defenders Say Pisith, Ly Arifin and Sob Ravy will hope to have learnt their lessons from these defeats as they look to thwart the Crown attack.
Police striker Sim Vutha will return to his team after serving a suspension.
Crown, meanwhile, will be without suspended defender Chan Dara, so will require the back four of Tieng Tiny, Sok Sovan, Pheak Rady and Odion Obadin to keep things tight.
Chan Chhaya, who scored last weekend, makes his second outing since completing his AFC-sanctioned ban to give English coach David Booth extra choices up front alongside captain Kouch Sokumpheak and Khim Borey.
In the group stage of the 2012 Samdech Hun Sen Cup, the teams finished locked at 1-1.
Boeng Ket Rubber Field v Build Bright United – 4:30pm
This is the first meeting of the two clubs. Build Bright will look to reverse a recent slump and welcome three key defenders – Nhim Sovannara, In Virak and Reung Bunheing – back into the squad.
The university-backed side have scored just twice and conceded eight from their first three matches, and central midfielders Chhun Sothearath, Heng Sokly and Pech Sina have yet to produce their A-games.
Meanwhile, a victory over Crown on Sunday was a big boost for Boeung Ket.
Assistant coach Nuy Sam An faces his former employers BBU, where he spent a year in the same position.
Striker Yob Romataun has shown impressive form for the Kampong Cham outfit, while midfielder Keo Sokpheng, younger brother of national team player Keo Sokngorn, has received a vote of confidence from coach Prak Vuthy for a place in the line-up.
Um Kumpheak and Chan Rithy are two main links in the supply chain to the forwards to help generate scoring chances against BBU.
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Translated by In Sopheng