It is a match most never expected, but now it is probably one of the biggest fixtures for United Football League side Loyola Meralco Sparks as they are to face 2009 Singapore Cup winners Geylang United at the Jalan Besar Stadium Friday night.
It is expected that the stadium will be packed once more with Filipinos who are eager to see a Philippine side take on one of Singapore's top club, with a shot of honor to bring for the country as well.
Though this is the first time a Philippine side will face a Singaporean club, it won't be the first time for the Philippines to take on Singapore after they met already twice in the past two years, a 1-1 draw during the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup group stages in Vietnam that catapulted the national team to great heights, and a 2-0 loss in a friendly last year.
With their recent match up in the national duty, Phil and James Younghusband are again expected to lead Loyola Meralco to victory but will do so with the support of the complete squad the boasts of Mark and Matthew Hartmann, Andres Gonzales, Roxy Dorlas, Simon Greatwich and Jake Morallo to name a few.
Despite their recent league performance, Geyland United will not be intimidated by Loyola Meralco as they also try to redeem themselves from their lack of form in the league by transferring it into cup glory.
Loyola Meralco should be wary of Geylang's squad most notably English midfielder Michael King who fixtured for English club Burnley.
Kick off of the match is at 7:45pm at the Jalan Besar Stadium and will be shown live in the Philippines on AKTV on IBC 13.