Struggling Garena Young Lions travel to Jurong West Stadium to take on Tampines Rovers in their seventh S.League game of 2017 season on Sunday.
Last season's runners-up are high on confidence after their solid 3-1 win over Malaysia's Felda United on the road in their crucial AFC Cup match on Wednesday. Fit-again Khairul Amri's brace and Ivan Dzoni's first half goal helped the Stags move to the third spot of Group G and are only two points behind leaders Ceres Negros, whom they will face on 3 May.
On the other hand, Young Lions slipped at home 2-0 against Geylang International last Saturday, which was also their sixth straight loss of the ongoing season.
Tampines will look to gain consistency as they look to win three straight games for the first time in the new season. A packed schedule at the start of April right after the last international break also did not help their cause as they lost back-to-back matches Warriors and Hanoi FC before coming back to winning ways with a 4-0 victory over Geylang.
Stags will continue to miss skipper Madhu Mohana, who is expected to be out for a couple more weeks with hamstring injury. Amri's return has boosted the team's morale and the former Young Lions player will be itching to add more to his tally.
Ryarto Megumi and Yong Chan Son will relish the opportunity tomorrow at home and the duo can add to Young Lions defensive woes as the visitors have conceded 20 goals in just six outings so far.
With Jufri Taha doing a good job along with Fahrudin Mustafic and Daniel Bennett at the back, the fifth-placed Stags will be a tough side to beat at their backyard tomorrow and the Young Lions are in for another uphill task.
Possible XI: Mahbud; Ayob, Taha, Mustafic, Bennett, Hamzah; Megumi, Son, Shahdan; Dzoni, Hanapi
Possible XI: Rohaizad, Saberin, Azmi, Salime, Sazali, Emmran, Suhaimi, Syaffiq, Suhami M, Syahin, Chan