Monday, June 08, 2009


The race for 2nd

So it goes down to the wire. Persib and Persiwa are neck and neck for second spot in the ISL with Persib having the slightly better goal difference. Wednesday sees the final round of fixtures and Persiwa are at home to PSMS as they seek to maintain their 100% home record. Sixteen games, 16 wins.

PSMS on the other hand need the points to crawl away from that dreaded relegation play off spot. Finish15th and they would play against Persebaya in a one off for the right to play in the ISL next season. Add to that they are still in the Copa and on 23 June they travel to Thailand to take on Chonburi in the AFC Cup.

Persib however look back on successive defeats on the road. First there was the 4-1 thumping at the hands of rampant Persitara then there was the 2-0 reverse at Persela last weekend where Persib old boy Dicky Firasat did the damage with two first half goals.

On Wednesday they will face their bitterest rivals, Persija, in Malang knowing they have to win and score some goals in the process. The Kemayoran Tigers are wounded at the moment, that defeat against Persitara will still be hurting, and you know what good cliches wounded tigers make.

They won't want Persib to finish second, that's all the motivation they should need. But then recent performances in both Copa and ISL with bigger prizes at stake have seen Persija produce under par performances.

It may only be second place but Persib want it badly having been serial underperformers in recent seasons. Will Persija be up for it?

It's quite sad that the season is nearly ending really.

Surely they can prolong it a bit more?
the copa may yet run and run.deltras play persija in the 2nd leg scheduled for next sunday but they can t play in sidoarjo.r lamongan...presedential campaigning has started!
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