Bassa takes on Champion Footwear Hoppers in the first game of the double header in the Imobile Premier Division at the ARG today.
It will be Bassa’s third game in seven days while Hoppers have been idle during that time.
The question to be answered will be whether the layoff will hurt Hoppers or will tired legs pull the Bassa men back down to earth after wins on Saturday and Wednesday.
A week ago Bassa, a team with a complete overhaul after last season may be the surprise of the league thus far.
Head Coach Schyan “Skemup” Jeffers and his team have done a fantastic job with a bunch of young men most doubted had any chance of maintaining its place in the premiership; much less contend for the title.
Well, a win today and Bassa will be a top the standings, at least until Sunday when Sap on eight points play Willikies and Lime Old Road, also on eight points entertain Sea View Farm.
Jeffers has maintained that this young squad will compete and he has not dismissed the championship.
“We will be okay,” said a thoughtful coach prior to the season after Bassa booked a spot in the semis of the FA Cup prior to the start of the regular season.
Okay, Bassa is in the hunt.
Today, they take on probably the most consistent team in the premiership over the past five or six years in Hoppers.
Hoppers may not win many games but they do not lose many either as demonstrated by their record of one win, one loss and three draws in five matches.
The Greenbay men have score eight goals and have given as many to their opponents, which should be a concern coming into this game for both teams.
Bassa have given up seven strikes, scoring nine along the way.
One determining factor may be the waterlogged pitch at the ARG
Though Bassa have played two matches thus over the past seven days, it may be Hoppers who turn up with tired legs.
The Bassa men know the field and depending on its preparation, it may take Hoppers some time to adjust to a soggy pitch.
By the time they do however Bassa may be well on its way to a nest victory.
This should be a great game and I give the edge to Bassa.
They are young, energized and on a mission to prove the rest of the league and doubting “Thomases” wrong.
In game two today, Cool & Smooth Empire come up against Bullets in a bottom of the table clash amidst rumors that national utility player Ranjae Christian is leaving Empire for Asot’s Arcade Parham.
Both teams are winless but the most pressure has to be on the head of Coach George “Cajawawa” Warner at Empire.
The Grays farm fans are restless and while Empire has three points from three draws, its wins that count for Empire fans.
Bullets have played some good football this season and if they are to start to win, this may be the best opportunity to do so.
Empire looks disinterested on the pitch and with just two goals the strikers appear lost inside the last third.
It’s not that they have not gotten chances to score but the strikers are pitiful.
Bullets have two more goals than Empire but the Piggott men have given up one more strike than Empire who has let seven goals through the gate.
Empire’s goalie Kendel Honere is having a superb season, one positive for the thirteen-time champions, who celebrate its 50th anniversary next year.
Bullets may fancy its chances but Empire should take this one for its first win this season.
On Sunday, Sugar Ridge Sap, coming off that thrilling 4-3 wins over Special Security Services All Saints United looks to dampen La Busola Willikies spirits.
Willikies are on a high following that dramatic come from behind win over defending champions Parham in the East Side derby on Sunday.
The Sap coaching staff is not taking any chances and has confined the team to a one day camp today.
A win and Sap, on eight points will move to the top of the standings a place they know too well has both its advantages and advantages.
Willikies is on a mission to stay in the premiership.
In order to do that, they must win against the top teams like Sap, which gets the edge against Willikies despite “Heights” between the uprights.
In the feature on Sunday Old Road should not have much trouble against Farm but as the Old Road men would know they cannot take any team lightly in this league.
Last week Bullets scored first against Old Road and they had to battle for a win.
Cruz Kelsick is having a great time in goal for Farm so Old Road has to be patient on offence if they are to win.
The Old Road defense has given up four goals in as many games while the strikes have scored nine.
They have fire power on the front line and Farm will do well to keep four goals passing Kelsick.
If there is one weakness Old Road possesses, is that nonchalant attitude they display against lower teams.
They must be careful with Farm but Old Road should not have much trouble and they should leave the ARG at the top of the premier division.

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