Less than three months ago, Tampines Rovers played in the Asian Champions League for the first time, becoming the first Singapore team in the last 10 years to compete in a top club tournament on the Asian continent. But after an ACL campaign in which they lost all six games in the group stage, conceding 27 goals and scoring just one, very poor form spread to the Singapore Premier League. After the last defeat by Lyon City (6:1). Tampines has now lost five of seven games since returning from Uzbekistan and conceded 28 goals at the time. The possible reason for poor form is a bad situation within the team, and players started blaming each other and that would often turn into a big quarrel. The problems were not solved properly, so the atmosphere in the team is very bad.
Albirex Niigata on the other hand is the current leader in the table. They have a two-point advantage over Lion City. There are two more rounds left until the end, including this one, so they should take advantage of the bad situation with the guests and win this match without any major problems.