Monday, September 01, 2014


Persija & Pelita Bandung Raya Play Off Battle

Would you call Pelita Bandung Raya a surprise package this season? With just one game left to play in the Indonesia Super League, they sit fourth, a point ahead of Persija knowing victory against relegation threatened Persita this Friday could secure them a play off spot ahead of the supposedly more illustrious neighbours.

Both teams are unbeaten in their last four games but you would expect Pelita Bandung Raya, coached by Dejan Antovic, to go into Friday feeling more confident. They are certainly a team in form. Yesterday's win over Sriwijaya in Palembang, courtesy of two goals from Bambang Pamungkas, was their third straight three pointer. Indeed, they have lost just twice in their last 11 games, a remarkable turn around having lost three of their first eight games.

Contrast PBR's recent form with that of Persija who look back on three consecutive draws with just a single goal scored in those 270 minutes of football and it is easy to understand why there may be a few more nerves hanging around their training ground these next few days.

Persija's opponents are Barito Putra and they are assured of a mid table position so really have little to play for beyond new contracts of course! But PBR come up against a Persita side who will be gunning for a win in their bid to escape relegation. They will also have half an eye on East Java where Persik, their rival for that last relegation spot, go against Gresik United. A draw would be enough to save the White Tigers.

Mind you, the Persita camp doesnt seem to be a happy place these days what with the coach going public over management apathy and outstanding salaries; he is now of course the ex coach!

Friday promises to be a day of excitement and squeaky bum time as Persija and Pelita Bandung Raya seek to join Arema, Persib, Semen Padang, Persebaya, Mitra Kukar and Persipura in the play offs

Due to poorer head-to-head record against Persik, Persita are officially relegated from the 2014 ISL
Do you have any idea how the teams will be placed later on in the playoffs, there will be two groups of 4 but how will they be formed? Like E1,W2,E3,W4 and W1,E2,W3,E4 where e and w stands for east/west? I cant find it anywhere... if they will start with 0 points or "carrying" the points with them, no idea at all!
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