Top seed Ceres-Negros takes on number three squad Stallion Laguna in midweek action in the Philippines Football League on August 14 at the Aboitiz Pitch in Lipa City.
It will be an interesting matchup for both squads in the top three as Ceres-Negros is keen to maintain its leadership while Stalllion retooled its lineup to keep in step with Kaya Iloilo.
The Laguna squad added five new signings in the transfer window, transforming its entire defensive line with defensive midfielder Jong Cheol Park, centerbacks Edris Najm and Seung pyo Yu, Koichi Belgira and goalkeeper Nelson Gasic.
Stallion came off a 4-1 win over Global Cebu last August 10 where four different goalscorers logged their names in the scoresheet. Balot Doctora, Abou Sy, Fitch Arboleda, and Jhan Melliza all found the back of the net.
Ceres-Negros meanwhile staved an early scare from Mendiola FC to score a 5-2 victory also at the Aboitiz pitch last Saturday. Robert Lopez Mendy scored four in his second appearance while Bienvenido Maranon added one as a substitute.
Both teams faced each other in the first matchday where Ceres-Negros played its worst game of the season after they allowed two goals on defensive blunders in the match. The busmen came from behind twice to salvage a 2-2 draw last May 25 at the Rizal Memorial.
With the transfer window closing in a few days, their second league meeting will be the best chance for both squads to rate their changes in the last few weeks.
Kickoff for the match is set at 7PM in Lipa with the match streamed on PFLTV.ph and on the Facebook Page of the Philippines Football League. Admission is free.
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