Friday, November 20, 2009


More ISL previews

Persebaya v Persipura

Fascinating match up this one seeing former Persebaya legend Jacksen F Tiago bring his Champions Persipura to Surabaya. Tiago of course has won the title with both Persebaya and Persipura.

Persebaya have been giving their fans and coaching staff kittens this season as they have been scoring and conceding with gay abandon. Their last game they came from 4-2 behind to win 5-4 in the last few minutes and now they sit 5th with 10 points from their opening five games.

The Black Pearls have started the season slowly with three points to show from their opening three games and you would expect their strike force to give the Persebaya back line a torrid time on Sunday. But Ernest Jeremiah hasn't been replaced up front so last season's attacking trio of Boaz, Alberto Goncalves and Ernest is much reduced and have just managed four goals so far.

For good measure Persipura haven't won in their last four visits to the city of heroes and with
Andi Odang and Korinus Fingknew already among the goals Danurwindo's team will be confident enough going into the game with Josh Maguire returning depite Claude Ngon A Djam still being injured.

But, oh that defence

Sriwijaya v Persitara

Last season's Copa Indonesia winners should collect their first win of the season against a Persitara side that sits at teh bottom of the table and has looked decidedly out of sorts in their last two home games, both of which were lost 2-1.

Sriwijaya welcome back the likes of Ponaryo Astaman and Arief Suryono while Singaporean defender Precious Emuejeraye could get his first start of the season for his new club. After scoruing the continet but failing to find a strike partner for Keith Kayamba Gumbs, coach Rahmad Darmawan may decide to play former Persitara striker Rahmat Rivai.

Another former Persitara player, Mostapha Aji, is likely to start the game on the bench.

For Persitara not a whole lot to be said. Very disappointing in their opening two home games, much will depend on whether Prince Kabir Bello can recapture his form of last season. But even then there is little from the midfield, a point surely rubbed home last time out when John Tarkpor, in Persebaya colours, dominated the middle of the park recently

One other game sees Persik play Persiwa. This Persik vintage may not be ozzing quality like earlier models but they still have players like Mahyadi Panggabean, Saktiwan Sinaga, Legimin Rihardjo and Patricio Morales. But will that be enough against a strong, pacy Persiwa side?

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