Ceres-La Salle tries to close in on the No. 1 seed in Group B when it battles Green Archers United, while powerhouse sides Global and Loyola Meralco clash this Saturday in the United Football League Cup at Rizal Memorial Stadium.
The explosive three-game playdate will also see Kaya tangling with JP Voltes in a crucial Group A clash.
Fresh off a 2-2 draw with Selangor in its AFC Cup debut last Tuesday in Bacolod City, Ceres seeks a fourth straight win in the tournament’s Group of Death.
The Bacolod side is already assured of a place in the knockout phase, but another victory will push coach Ali Go’s wards closer to the top seeding in the quarterfinals.
Ceres is in stirring form, scoring 24 goals in the last two games, including a 15-0 drubbing of Nomads two weeks ago.
But Green Archers should offer a stiffer challenge with the depth and experience in their squad.
Archers, who were awarded a 3-0 win over Global due to a technicality, absorbed a 2-4 defeat to Loyola Meralco last week.
The Sparks are in fine form heading into the clash with Global with wins over Pasargad and Green Archers in the past couple of weeks after opening the season with a loss to Ceres-La Salle.
What has made the Sparks’ form even more remarkable is the fact that they are still missing Phil Younghusband, Joaco Canas and Simon Greatwich from the side due to injuries.
Jinggoy Valmayor has stepped up in Younghusband’s absence, while Tahj Minniecon and James Younghusband have also been finding the back of the net for coach Simon McMenemy’s side.
Global toiled to beat Nomads, 4-0, last week with three goals coming in the second half.
Kaya made a good account of itself in its AFC Cup debut, barely losing to Hong Kong powerhouse Kitchee, 0-1, last Tuesday.
The performance has only boosted the confidence of coach Chris Greatwich’s side as it proved that Kaya can compete against one of the strongest clubs in the AFC Cup.
A tough test awaits Kaya as JP Voltes proved a tough nut to crack before bowing to Stallion, 1-2, last week.
Top defender Masaki Yanagawa will miss the game for Voltes after he was shown a red card against Stallion. Still, Voltes showed plenty of fight and even pulled a goal back after going down to 10 men.