Pooling Up Next
The Cup draw immediately after the third round pitted Grilled against Leeverbird FC next, who are led by new player-coach Xiao Rui, who is expected to keep goal. It wil be the first time that the Birds travel to the 72000-seater Fortress Anfield in Woodlands, and Niculae Stanca
is hopeful of a large crowd against the three-time Division Four champions.
"While Leeverbird do not have the most impressive of records in the Cup, we will have to look out for strikers Liu Yishan and Sandris Sīpols, who will make many Division Two starting lineups. Elsewhere, it's more of a mixed bag, but our midfield will still have to get on top on the day." Stanca added.
Stanca then expressed his concern about Ling Fuquan
's mandatory suspension. "I don't expect Ling to rein it in too much, but there were some tackles he just doesn't have to make. He was a key part of my plans against the Tigers, and if he continues like this, it might get hard to rely on him too much."