One of the fiercest domestic season rivalries will play out on Sunday when NagaCorp and Svay Rieng face off in a Metfone C-League tie at Olympic Stadium.
The 2pm kickoff will mark another one of those heavyweight Cambodian contests. Apart from the impact the outcome may have on the shape of the top four, there is so much of pride at stake when these two sides meet.
Svay Rieng are buoyant after bouncing back in dramatic fashion to split points and honours with Kirivong Sok Sen Chey in a 2-2 draw on Wednesday. But the same afternoon, Naga were feeling pretty good too after shooting 12 goals past a clueless Senate Secretariat.
Naga are well aware that goals will not be that easy to come against one of the toughest backlines in the league. Naga’s greater worry will be how best to contain the likes of Khoun Laboravy, who despite being way out of his absolute fitness is still capable of causing a stir in the box as he demonstrated as a sub in the game against Kirivong and the one before that against Build Bright United.
Svay Rieng are currently second in the standings with 23 points behind Boeung Ket and no matter what the outcome is going to be, they will retain that placing.
Naga, who managed to get past Phnom Penh Crown into the third position, will be looking for all three points, just like their rivals, to ensure the safety of a Super 4 playoffs berth, though there is still quite a lot standing in the race.
In Sunday’s second fixture at 4pm, Crown face bottom of the table Senate.
In the only match on Saturday sees Asia Europe University take on National Police at 2pm at Olympic Stadium.