Now that defending champions Boeung Ket Rubber Field have effectively dealt with some serious form fluctuations that rattled them at the start of the second half of the Metfone C-League season, the side will be eager to maintain a winning tempo when they face Ministry of National Defence at Olympic Stadium today.
With 37 points from 16 games to their credit, Boeung Ket’s standing at the top of the league table is a certainty since their nearest rivals Phnom Penh Crown have just one game to play and are five points adrift in second spot.
The 2012 champions carry no worries to the pitch but will be looking for a victory over the Army men to boost their own stock ahead of the start of the Super Four contests in 10 days’ time.
Also of significant interest for Boeung Ket will be whether their star striker and leading scorer Bisan George can add a few more to his tally of 17 and step closer to the Golden Boot. In hot pursuit is Kirivong Sok Sen Chey’s Nwakuna Friday with 16 goals, while Svay Rieng’s Khoun Laboravy has 14, and Crown’s Elroy van der Hooft and Boeung Ket’s Chan Vathanaka are on 11 each.
Troubled as they clearly were in the first phase of the competition, MND have managed to avoid the danger of a drop.
Though a place in the Super Four for this year’s Hun Sen Cup runners-up is beyond them, the side has a reputation for slamming the best down when they least expect. Stubborn and sturdy as they always are, the Army side could use the chance to cause a dent or two in Boeung Ket’s resolve.
Stake-wise, the only midweek game at 3pm holds no terror for either side and their order of business is very well marked. If the two sides play up to their known best, there could be some good entertainment value for the spectators.