Monday, August 04, 2014
ISL Western Conference Run In
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So, finally, the Indonesia Super League returns after a two month break with things kind of tepid ahead of the final run in. I say tepid, how can it be anything else after the stop start season we have had. Any momentum soon gets broken as players know they are just a game or two away from yet another rest period.
Leaders Arema would seem to be a shoo in for the play offs. They have been imperious all season and their run in looks to be a fairly gentle stroll. Saturday sees them travel to Barito Putra who have to content themselves with a mid table position. Arema will be on their guard though knowing the Banjarmasin are a tough ask on their own ground.
Next up is Persita at home and while they are still fighting against relegation you will have to fancy Arema at their Kanjuruhan Stadium. Sriwijaya will be a much tougher proposition. They have been inconsistent all season yet are still on the outskirts of a play off place with a game in hand.
Arema end their campaign with what should be relatively straightforward road trips to near neighbour Persik and the hapless Persijap.
Semen Padang are living proof there was some quality in the unlamented Indonesia Premier League and with three of their remaining four games to be played in Padang they won't be too worried with the drabness of provincial departure lounges. And with Persib and Persija to visit West Sumatra, the Padang team are going to have a massive say on how the top four will look come the end of the campaign. Their other home game: Pelita Bandung Raya who have top four ambitions of their own!
When it comes to rough run ins, few will fancy Persib's! They have six games to play in just over three weeks and start that little burst away to Persija before heading to Semen Padang! They can at least comfort themselves with gentle home games against Persik and Persijap but they end their campaign away to Persita, a game which may or may not be held in Karawang ( I am not sure if anyone has thought that far ahead yet) and Sriwijaya on the last day of the campaign.
Like Semen Padang, Persija finish the season with three home games and one away. But with three of their final games against top four rivals, Persib, Pelita Bandung Raya and Semen Padang, Benny Dollo's men won't be relishing their run in. If things don't go their way, their final home game of the season against Barito Putra could well be academic.
Sriwijaya will need to hit the ground running of they are to stand a chance of finishing in the top four. They begin in Central Java against Persijap before a double header further east against Gresik United and Arema. They round off their season with home games against Pelita Bandung Raya and Persib.
09/08 Barito Putra v Arema
10/08 Persija v Persib
11/08 Semen Padang v PBR
14/08 Persija v PBR
15/08 Semen Padang v Persib
15/08 Persijap v Sriwijaya
18/08 Arema v Persita
19/08 Persib v Persijap
20/08 Gresik United v Sriwijaya
21/08 Semen Padang v Persija
24/08 Persib v Persik
24/08 Arema v Sriwijaya
27/08 Persik v Arema
30/08 Barito Putra v Semen Padang
31/08 Persita v Persib
31/08 Sriwijaya v PBR
05/09 Persijap v Arema
05/09 Sriwijaya v Persib
05/09 Persija v Barito Putra