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Svay Rieng seek to maintain lead as PP Crown close in

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Tournament leader Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng football club are seeking to maintain their lead in the Metfone Cambodian League 2020 season when the team faces Angkor Tiger FC this weekend.

The PKR Svay Rieng FC versus Angkor Tiger FC match will be held at the Svay Rieng Stadium on July 25 starting 6:00pm. It will be among the six matches to be played this weekend as Cambodia’s top football league enters its ninth week of action.

The other games on Saturday will pit Tiffy Army FC versus Soltilo Angkor FC (RCAF Stadium, 6:00pm) and Visakha FC against Asia Euro United FC (Prince Stadium, 6:00pm).

On Sunday, Phnom Penh Crown FC will face Boeung Ket FC (Cambodia Airways Stadium, 3:30pm), NagaWorld FC against Bati FC (RCAF Stadium, 6:00pm) and Electricite du Cambodge versus National Police FC (EDC Stadium, 3:30pm).

PKR Svay Rieng FC are favoured to win the match, but the Siem Reap-based team is unpredictable and could give them a headache.

Angkor Tiger FC also had a story of giving PKR Svay Rieng FC a tough time on the pitch.

In five head-to-head matches dating back to 2017, Angkor Tiger FC managed to beat PKR Svay Rieng FC once in 2018. The other four matches all ended in a draw.

The defending champions are on a roll, having won six of seven matches so far. PKR Svay Rieng FC sit atop the standings with 19 points.

Two weeks ago, PKR Svay Rieng FC smothered National Football Academy (Bati), 10-0, in the most lopsided game so far in the 2020 season.

Angkor Tiger FC, meanwhile, are ranked sixth with 15 points to their credit. Angkor Tiger FC are coming off a 3-0 win over Asia Euro United FC.

PKR Svay Rieng FC are expected to ‘give their best effort’ with Phnom Penh Crown FC breathing down on its neck.

Despite their impressive record and performance, PKR Svay Rieng FC are just one point ahead of the erstwhile leader.  A loss by them and a win by the Phnom Penh-based team will propel Phnom Crown FC back to the top.

On the attacking side, coach Conor Nestor is expected to draw on the skills and talents of forward Jean Befolo “Privat” Mbarga of Cameroon, Brazilian midfielder Thiago Santos and striker Pedro Augusto of Brazil. American defender Jonny Campbell, team captain Soeuy Visal and Cambodian defender Sareth Krya will anchor the defence.

Coach Oriol Mohedano has Japanese midfielder Yudai Ogawa, Brazilian striker Cristiano Santos and Nigerian forward Dzarma Bata to lead the Angkor Tiger FC attack.

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