Tivoli hold edge at home to Lion
Red-hot Tivoli Gardens will face off against Humble Lion in a top clash in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) match-day 20 tomorrow at the Edward Seaga Complex in West Kingston, starting at 3 p.m.
Tivoli Gardens enter the game in second position on 38 points, just one off current leaders Montego Bay United (MBU) (39), while Humble Lion are in fourth position on 34 points.
With that scenario, the match-up between Tivoli and Humble Lion is highly anticipated. Tivoli hold a psychological advantage following their win against Humble Lion in the first-round last November 16 at the Edward Seaga Complex. Now, in the second meeting of the 2016-17 season, Tivoli is given the nod again playing at home.
However, Humble Lion will come determined to avenge that defeat. It will be a very interesting game for football lovers.
"We defeated Humble Lion 1-0, courtesy of a goal by Elton Thompson in the first round. However, they (Humble Lion) are organised and defend well, and are a good team," coach of Tivoli Gardens Omar Edwards told STAR Sports yesterday morning.
"They are behind us and we want it to remain that way. We are only a point away from current leaders Montego Bay, so anything can happen after Sunday's games," he reasoned.
Tivoli will look to continue their good form with players such as veteran attacker Jermaine 'Teddy' Johnson, Elton Thompson, captain Romaine Breakenridge and Marvin Stewart.
Coach of Humble Lion Donovan Duckie is fully aware of the importance of the game.
"First, the most important thing is that they beat us when we were in front of them in the points table. Now, that is the reverse as Tivoli is in front of us. We lost to them and are aware of the quality players in the team," Duckie said.
"It would be good to get a positive result as we always play to win, but a point would be good," he added.
Humble Lion's main players include Andrew Vanzie, Hugh Howell, Francois Swaby, Devon Hodges, and new recruit Rohan 'Chucky' Richards, who transfered from Jamalco during this January window.
In other games, Arnett Gardens are given the nod against struggling Waterhouse; MBU are expected to beat Jamalco; Harbour View could get home advantage against last-place Boys' Town in a late kick-off; Reno and Portmore could go either way; and Maverley'Hughenden and UWI could be a close encounter.
3 p.m. - Arnett Gardens vs Waterhouse at Anthony Spaulding Complex
3 p.m. - MBU vs Jamalco at Wespow Park in St James
3 p.m. - Maverley-Hughenden vs UWI FC at Constant Spring Complex
3 p.m. - Reno vs Portmore United at Frome Complex, Westmoreland
3 p.m. - Tivoli Gardens vs Humble Lion at Edward Seaga Complex
7 p.m. - Harbour View vs Boys' Town at Harbour View Stadium