Saturday, December 19, 2009


ISL weekend

I had hoped to flit down to Malang this weekend but with the ISL making Arema v Persib play in front of an empty stadium I knocked it on the head.

It is undoubtedly the pick of the weekend's fixtures and Persib will travel east feeling they stand a chance with Arema losing last time against Persela, Noh Alam Shah being suspended and of course no Aremania kicking up a racket.

The Bandung side lost their first four away games so will be hoping to keep the shutters down against an extremely disciplined Arema side who do struggle to score.

Today's other game sees Persebaya host Persik. The Green Force are still without Claude Ngon A Djam but do have 32 year old Andi Odang up front and on fire. Danurwindo's men are currently the top scorers in the ISL but last time out they drew 0-0 which must have have come as something as a shock to all concerned.

Tomorrow we have PSPS hosting Persitara who after losing their first six games have now lost just one in five. But PSPS just got a draw away to Persiwa so knickers to ya. Persija host Pelita Jaya Karawang and Fandi's men just can't score for toffee, or tofu, this season. And guess what, their leading scorer, Edison Fonseca, will be missing for this game.

Another fascinating game tomorrow sees Persema against Sriwijaya. After a slow start the Palembang have quietly been putting some sort of run together and they must fancy their chances against a Persema side that will be missing a few defenders. It promises to be a fascinating midfield battle this one.

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