The Loyola Meralco Sparks begin its quest in a “win or go home” tournament style in the 2012 RHB Singapore Cup at Jalan Besar stadium in the Lion City tonight.
The Loyola Meralco Sparks, the only Filipino club invited in the region’s prestigious invitational tournament, are the odds-on favorite to win the match against the Geylang United Eagles, who are currently in the bottom of Singapore’s S.League.
The match which will be aired live over AKTV on IBC starting at 7:45 pm.
In Goal.com, 61 percent of its readers believe the Loyola Meralco Sparks will win tonight’s match with 31 percent of which predict a 2-0 scoreline.
Loyola Meralco Sparks is hell bent on dishing out an impressive showing in its first try in the Singapore Cup, marking the first time that a Filipino football club is invited in an international club competition since the Philippine Azkals’ meteoric rise in the past two years.
Azkal Simon Greatwich will beef up the already potent line-up of the Sparks which boasts of explosive scorers Phil and James Younghusband and Mark Hartmann.
But the Loyola Meralco Sparks, who are currently third in the country’s United Football League, are still wary of the 2010 Singapre Cup champions.
The winner of tonight’s match will face the winner of Myanmar’s Kanbawza FC-Woodland Wellington FC match in a two-leg quarterfinal series in July.
Three clubs have already advanced in the quarterfinals of this tournament that kicked off last May 14.
Home United leaned on John Wilkinson’s goal in the 40th minute to beat Brunei DPMM (Duli Pengiran Muhda Mahkota) FC, 1-0 last night. Home United will meet Singapore Armed Forces in the quarterfinals after the latter hacked out a 6-5 penalty shootout win Balestier Khalsa last May 14.
Tampine Rovers, meanwhile, also advanced as they came back from one goal down to score a 4-3 win over Cambodia’s Phnom Penh Crown last May 16.