The leaders of the Metfone C-League, Boeung Ket, will cross swords with their closest pursuers in the standings, Svay Rieng, at Olympic Stadium tomorrow in a game that should provide supporters of both camps with plenty to cheer.
If the sun is kind and the rain gods show some mercy, the 2pm kick-off should lead to exciting possibilities on the pitch since there is so much of star value on both sides when it comes to attacking pivots.
The season’s leading scorer Bisan George will obviously be the danger man for Boeung Ket, who could well be leaning on national team striker Chan Vathanaka for counter-measures.
The reigning champions have seemingly shaken off a four-game bad patch after that reassuring win last week over the National Police. Nothing would please the team’s management, and the players themselves, more than another set of full points that would stretch their lead to a clear seven points.
An unexpected bump or two in the past couple of weeks has left Svay Rieng rather tentative and edgy, and a strong showing will no doubt help calm the nerves and restore their confidence to pursue with greater vigour the one title that has eluded them all these years.
Former champions Phnom Penh Crown, meanwhile, who played out a goalless draw against Naga Corp on Wednesday, will be hoping to turn the heat squarely on Asia Europe University in tomorrow’s second fixture at Olympic Stadium from 4pm.
In the only game at the Old Stadium tomorrow from 3pm, Build Bright United will be up against hapless Senate Secretariat. The University-backed side have a clear shot at one of the remunerative Super Four slots if they were to land solid punches and either Naga or Kirivong were to miss theirs.
It had seemed highly unlikely during BBU’s tottering form during the first half of the season that the side, which lost its coach and six players in those troubled times, would be in a position that they are now.
Kirivong Sok Sen Chey have a tough hurdle to cross when they meet Ministry of National Defence at 2pm on Sunday at Olympic Stadium.
For the visitors from Takeo, a victory will prop up their chances of making the four-team cut but they are up against a side that is doing very well of late, having had a miserable run in the first half of the season.
With just one point separating Naga from Kirivong and BBU in that three-cornered fight for the fourth spot in the standings, 2009 champions Naga will have to be at their fiery best to tackle National Police when they line up at 4pm on Sunday.