EARLY Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) leaders Arnett Gardens will be on a revenge mission against Humble Lion who inflicted on them their worst defeat in a decade — a 5-1 win last season.
Arnett started brightly with a 3-1 win over Tivoli Gardens, while Humble Lion lost 1-2 to Sporting Central Academy. Today's match-up should thus be intriguing.
Head coach Paul 'Tegat' Davis insists Arnett are not focusing on revenge and will be hunting three points at home.
"It's not about revenge; it's about going to play some football and win this game. The guys are upbeat... from the last game and we're aware of the Humble Lion team and the way they attack and defend," he said.
Meanwhile, Humble Lion's assistant coach Howard 'Max' Straw knows that a smarting Arnett will be coming at them.
Said Straw: "Last year is last year and we knew that Arnett wasn't at their best... we got a lucky break in that game and were lucky to come away with that result. This year Arnett will make it more difficult for us... at Arnett and they will be coming with blood in their eyes to avenge that 5-1 beating," he stated.
Arnett will be without influential midfielder Rohan Reid who has an injured knee, while Errol Stevens is also nursing an injury.
The sharp-looking Kirk Ramsey will again lead from in front and should be ably supported by Lamar Nelson, Marcelino Blackburn, Leon Strickland and a core of quality youngsters, including Ricardo Oldham, Fabian Reid and Jason Moore.
Humble Lion, who finished fourth last season, will be without first-match goalscorer Andrew Isaacs and wing-back Richard Allen through internal disciplinary action.
But the Clarendon outfit remains very strong with the likes of Mark Miller, Kirk Duckworth, the hard-tackling Ricardo Campbell, Sean Coleman, Carlington Smith, Omando McLeod, Jermaine Christian and Shauntel Mundle.
Last season's runners-up Boys' Town and third-placed Waterhouse clash in the feature match of the round
The 'Red Brigade', fresh from a comfortable 2-0 win over Cavalier, played attractive football last week but could find Waterhouse a different prospect.
Boys' Town with the introduction of former national player Robert Scarlett, Marvin Morgan, Michael Campbell, Xavean Virgo, Daemion Benjamin and Rafeik Thomas, will be hard to contain.
Waterhouse will again be without head coach Donovan Duckie on the bench, but with experienced players in Richard McCullum, Rohan Amos, Hugh Howell, Nicholy Findlayson, Jermaine Anderson, Peter Keys, Troy Reid, Jameel Thompson and Damarley Samuels, could secure their first win.
Defending champions Portmore United are eager to rebound against Cavalier following their surprising loss to Savannah last week, while Cavalier are eager to prove they belong as they seek their first point of the season.
Despite tasting victory the first time of asking in the league, Savannah are expected to be tested by talent-laden Harbour View.
Former champions Tivoli will have their hands full against the fast-moving Montego Bay United at Catherine Hall, while Sporting and Highgate could have a close encounter at Brancourt.