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Lion City - Albirex Niigata

In a repeat of the 2024/2025 SPL Community Shield, the Lion City Sailors face off against Albirex Niigata in the 5th round of the Premier League at Bishan Stadium.

The Sailors are in excellent form, having won all their matches so far this league campaign. With a 100% record, they will be looking to secure their fourth win of the season and maintain their top position.

Albirex Niigata has undergone significant changes from the previous season, losing several key players like Kunori (23/21, top scorer), Komaki (24/8), Fukashiro (24/8), Yokoyama (24/5), Kishimoto (24/2), Komatsu (23/13), Tadanari Lee (23/11), Ogawa (23/1), Yokokawa (22/4), Fuwa (22/1), Takahashi (19/2), Hariya (13/0), Vinayagavijayan (7/0), and Jumaat (5/0). They have struggled at the start of the season, with three defeats in the opening four rounds.

The Lion City Sailors’ perfect start and stability contrast sharply with Albirex Niigata’s turbulent beginning and roster changes. This disparity suggests a clear advantage for the Sailors.

-2.0 Asian handicap Lion City1.807:1

Raufoss - Start

Raufoss hosts Start in a crucial fixture with both teams aiming to climb up the standings.

Raufoss saw their three-game unbeaten run come to an end with a narrow 1-0 defeat to Ranheim, conceding a late goal. Despite the defeat, they remain two points above the relegation zone. They face significant squad issues with several key absences like Engebakken (10/0 suspended), Fors (10/0 suspended), Emsis (7/0), Fremstad (5/0), and Badjie (3/1), while Hay (11/1) and Fagernes (4/0) are doubtful. These absences could weaken their lineup considerably.

Start impressed with a thrilling 4-3 home victory over Stabek, taking a 4-1 lead by the 57th minute. They remain in 14th place but are on an upward trajectory. The club is buoyed by the agreement with new investors, which received 81% approval in the general meeting. Immediate measures include replacing the turf and reducing pitch rent, indicating positive changes off the field. Today, key player Nkubiri (11/1) is back, while Cosic (7/0) and Sanyang (5/2) are doubtful.

Start’s recent positive developments and impressive win over Stabek suggest high morale and a positive outlook. Raufoss, on the other hand, is struggling with several key absences, which could affect their performance. In their last 12 mutual matches, both teams have scored at least one goal, indicating a trend of high-scoring encounters.

Both Teams to Score1.602:1

Serbia - Slovenia

With Poland’s victory over Cuba, Serbia has secured its spot in the Paris Olympic Games after over 12 years. This achievement was the primary objective for Igor Kolaković’s team in the League of Nations, rendering this match against Slovenia of minimal significance for them. Coach Kolakovic will likely give a chance to the reserves to showcase their skills following an exhausting yesterday’s match against Poland (2:3). Slovenia will have strong support from fans in Stožice. They are impressive, with three consecutive victories, including 3:0 wins against Italy and Argentina. This is a must-win game to secure the top spot before the final tournament in Lodz.

-1.5 Sets handicap Slovenia2.05