In Germany, Dortmund just clinched the Bundesliga title last weekend. In Spain, Real Madrid are already crowned with their 32nd La Liga title. In England, Manchster City and Manchester United are battling it out until the final whistle of their respective matches on Sunday evening to grab the Premier League Trophy. In the Philippines, the race for the United Football League title became more interesting as it resulted into a three-way tie with four teams still mathematically possible of clinching the title as there are only five games left per team. This Mother's Day weekend, the title contenders could be clearer or the ball could just continue rolling with a lot of twists.
Stallion Gilligan's FC versus Pasargad FC
Stallion and Pasargad faced last February 4 and ended in a scorless draw. Pasargad ended the steam that the Stallion had earlier this season. However, this second round, the dynamics have changed.
After the controversial game last Saturday between Stallion and Loyola Meralco Sparks, Stallion was awarded its first red card in the league, and not just one, but a total of seven. Two players and five team officials will be missing this match, adding to several of their players ruled out due to injury. Team Captain Ruben Doctora Jr. and the entire team will have to rely on their tenacity and trust in order to overcome this obstacle. On the other hand, after Pasargad pulled off the biggest upset so far in the season, they lost badly to Global, 4-0 and drew with Green Archers 1-1. A win for Pasargad would enable them to penetrate into the top half of the league.
How would Stallion overcome this challenge? Can Pasargad be in the top half? Kick off is at 2pm today at the University of Makati Football Field.
Kaya FC versus Loyola Meralco Sparks FC
The much hyped match on social networking sites would be a reality as both teams will face each other on the pitch for the second time this season. Their first round meeting ended with Loyola winning, 2-0 with goals from both Phil and James Younghusband. Last season, their first round meeting ended with a 2-2 draw but Loyola was able to bounce with a 1-0win in the second round. For this season's second round match, both teams, coupled with Global's recent draw against Nomads, found themselves on a three-way-tie scenario on the top of the league.
A win for either Kaya or Loyola would break the tie temporarily. A draw would give a chance for Global to take the top slot the following day. Moreover, Kaya keeper Saba Garmaroudi would return into action as he served his game suspension last Sunday in their game against Navy which they won 1-0.
Would Loyola triumph their last match before heading into Singapore or Kaya wins its first match against Loyola? Kick off is at 4pm today at the University of Makati Football Field.
Nomads Auction Manila versus Philippine Army Fritz and Macziol
Nomads and Army enter into this match coming from a draw. Nomads forced Global into a draw and created the three-way-tie scenario, while Army forced a draw to their fellow Armed Force team and defending champions, Air Force. Though rankings-wise, Nomads finds itself on his highest spot this season on the sixth slot, while Army continues to dip to the eighth slot coming from fifth.
Their first round meeting ended on a 1-1 draw. Moreover, due to a point difference from fifth to ninth slot of the league, a win would have greater chance on being in the Top 5. A win for Nomads might just put them into the fifth slot, while Army would be on the sixth. It is also notable that Army had conceded quite few goals this second round and puts them into a double digit negative on goal difference and could hurt them in the latter part of the league. Together with Pasargad and Nomads, they also have a double digit negative goal difference.
Would Nomads barge into the Top 5 or Army recaptures its momentum? Kick off is at 4pm tomorrow at the University of Makati Football Field.
Global FC versus Green Archers Globe
Both of these teams are coming into this match from a draw. Global won twice in their previous meeting, first round of this season and last season, 1-0 and 3-0 respectively. Their second round meeting last season ended on a scoreless draw.
Global seeks a win in order to remain a title contender for this season, while Archers are avoiding to be considered in the relegation zone. Global currently is the top offensive team statistically speaking while Archers lost its dominance on ball possession after losing to Kaya, but still remains to be tough on defense. As stipulated above, only a point seperates the fifth to ninth slot holders. Currently, Archers is on the ninth slot and a win would put them into the seventh spot. They have healthier goal difference compared to the other three.
Would Global capitalize on this opportunity to grab the top slot or Archers be inspired with their new sponsor? Kick off is at 6pm tomorrow at the University of Makati Football Field.
Philippine Air Force Phoenix versus Philippine Navy Redjuice
Air Force is set to face their fellow Armed Force team again, but this time, it would be the cellar-dweller Navy. Air Force won their first meeting this season with 2-1 and their second meeting last season with 1-0. Their first meeting last season was a 1-1 draw.
A win for Navy would put close the current five point gap from the ninth to the tenth slot. Though it is already mathematically difficult for Air Force to defend the league title that they twice won, it would narrow the nine point gap currently they face with fourth placer Stallion.
Would the Airmen soar high in this match or will the Navy finally sail through a win? Kick off is at 8pm tomorrow at the University of Makati Football Field.