Build Bright United and Prek Pra Keila clash at 3pm this afternoon at Olympic Stadium with both sides chasing an inaugural victory of the 2011 Metfone C-League campaign.
Hun Sen Cup runners-up BBU have mustered just a single draw from their first three matches, while Prek Pra – who avoided relegation last year by one point – also have a one draw, two loss record.
BBU, lead by coach Meas Sam Oeurn who is now in his fourth term with the club, won both of their encounters with Prek Pra last season by the same convincing 4-1 scoreline.
Veteran striker Nuth Sinoun, who played also for Prek Pra during the 2010 Hun Sen Cup, will be back from suspension for the university backed team. However, midfielder Chhun Sothearath will be out due to his red card during their 3-1 loss to National Police Commissary.
Prek Pra Manager Sos Karim said his Muslim community based side will be without defenders Khin Voeun and Jamiv Adebayo who picked up yellow cards in their two previous matches. However, the manager admitted to more pressing problems upfront with the club yet to register a goal in the league.
“I know our weakness,” he said. “We had many chances when we played against top team Phnom Penh Crown but we couldn’t score from those occasions. I believe the time will arrive for us.”
BBU will have Nuth Sinoun, Heng Sok Ly, Prom Puthsethy, Chan Veasna and Oum Chandara in their weaponry to put pressure on Prek Pra. Meanwhile, the tactics of Prek Pra coach Jack Tonye Charles will be laid bare, with forwards Mat Phalla and Philip Ali expected to provide some firepower as fullbacks Vy Lyka and Maliky Rorhan attempt to keep the backline tight.
BBU defenders Nhim Sovannara, Rim Bunhieng and In Vireak, meanwhile, will look to bounce back from the defeat against the Police to ensure Prek Pra’s goal drought continues.
An affable distinction at all Prek Pra games is that of their vociferous fanbase, whose swelling numbers supply a formidable twelfth man from the stands. Listen out for their personalised rendition of the football anthem Olé Olé Olé Olé.