Arnett Gardens, Montego Bay United square off
There could be a massive rumble in the 'Jungle' when Arnett Gardens host Montego Bay United (MBU) in a crucial Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) game on match-day 26, today at the Anthony Spaulding Complex in Trench Town, starting at 6 p.m.
It's a game featuring first against third and an explosive contest is anticipated.
In the first meeting between the teams, Montego Bay swamped Arnett 5-0, in a lopsided contest at Wespow Park in St James last December. Then the second round game ended 0-0 at Arnett's home turf. Now Arnett, will be hoping to beat the visitors and continue their march towards a first lien on the national title since 2002.
no revenge agenda
On the other hand, Montego Bay United will be looking to close the gap on leaders with a win today. Arnett are in pole position on 51 points, while Montego Bay are eight points adrift in the race for semi-final positions.
Coach of Arnett, Jerome 'Jerry' Waite says that revenge is not on his mind but the plan is to beat Montego Bay for the first time this season.
"It's not about revenge for Arnett. Our aim is to at least maintain the gap between us and the chasing pack. The aim is to win the game on home turf," Waite told The Sunday Gleaner yesterday.
"They (Montego Bay) are playing good tactical football and are a hard-running team. However, we also have a team that is hard-running, so end-to-end action is expected," the veteran coach reasoned.
Arnett will be without defender Anthowe Dawkins who dislocated his shoulder against Barbican last Sunday. He could be replaced by Dicoy Williams, to partner captain Oneil 'Bigga' Thompson in
central defence. Strikers Leon Strickland and Andre Clennon will lead the attack.
Meanwhile, Montego Bay will be travelling to Kingston to maintain their good form against Arnett.
"It won't be an easy task against Arnett. We beat them 5-0 in the first round, but they are a pretty good team. We will put out the best available players," Montego Bay's Spanish coach, Carlos Garcia, told The Sunday Gleaner.
Montego Bay will rely on Dino Williams, Allan Ottey and captain Fabian McCarthy to at least maintain third position.
In another top clash, Humble Lion will play away to Tivoli Gardens. Both teams are locked on 38 points apiece. However, Humble Lion hold fourth place by virtue of a better goal difference.