Match Preview: Zuzul and Bezecourt's Double Act Key to Unlocking Defences


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Having been denied the three points by a refereeing decision in the final seconds of the previous fixture against Albirex Niigata, Geylang International head coach Noor Ali would be keen to tell his charges to rain a bucketload of goals against their next opponents Balestier Khalsa on Sunday (August 21).


At the trainer's disposal is the double team of Sime Zuzul and Vincent Bezecourt, who had combined five of Eagles' last nine goals.


The prolific partnership was first experimented in Geylang International's 1-0 victory over Tanjong Pagar United on June 26, when Bezecourt was moved from his preferred attacking midfield position to a second striker supporting Zuzul.


That positional switch was instantly rewarded when the Frenchman scored the winner that day - a crucial turning point of the Eagles' season that sparked the club's resurgence.


The strike partnership started to pay dividends four matchdays later against Hougang United when Zuzul was on the receiving end of Bezecourt's cross to tap in the match-winning goal.


The Croatian hotshot and the French midfield maestro would combine four more times in the ensuing fixtures, as they struck a telepathic understanding with each other.


With Geylang International facing a Balestier Khalsa team that have conceded the second most number of goals in the league, the Eagles faithful are counting on the striking duo to profit from a vulnerable opposition backline.


So long as Zuzul and Bezecourt are on song in the forthcoming home clash, the stage is set for the Eagles to waltz to victory.


Team news: Umar Akhbar received a red card in the previous fixture for dissent against an official and now faces a two-match suspension, starting from this Sunday's encounter against Balestier Khalsa.


Fadli Kamis is ruled out due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury while Fareez Farhan does not seem likely to feature given his lack of match fitness.

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