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V-League round of explosive match-ups in weekend games

Update: February, 18/2012 - 09:34


Showdown: SHB Da Nang's Gaston Merlo (left) vies for the ball with one of Song Lam Nghe An's midfielders during the national premier league last week. Da Nang will play top-placed Ha Noi T&T tomorrow on home turf at Chi Lang Stadium. — VNA/VNS Photo Van Son
HCM CITY — The sixth round of the national premier league competitions promises many quality games as the matches this weekend are evenly matched.

The most anticipated and evenly matched games will be between two former champions SHB Da Nang and Ha Noi T&T tomorrow at Da Nang's Chi Lang Stadium.

The 2009 winner Da Nang's defeat last week left the team in fourth place and with a five-point gap behind leader and rival T&T, the 2010 champion.

A win will help Da Nang maintain a close distance with the top of the table, while it could help Ha Noi T&T widen their lead.

"Our game is always exhilarating and tight because both teams want to win," said Phan Thanh Hung, head coach of T&T.

Song Lam Nghe An (SLNA) versus Hoang Anh Gia Lai and Navibank Sai Gon against Becamex Binh Duong are also good match-ups, although SLNA and Binh Duong are higher rated.

Bottom three

Changes in the relegation zone are expected this weekend, as three bottom-ranked teams have a good chance to end their poor run and keep themselves out of danger.

Kien Giang, Ha Noi FC and Hai Phong are playing at home tomorrow against teams that are not that strong.

Kien Giang, which has lost three games in a row and has had only one win over Ha Noi after five rounds to rank 12 out of 14 teams, will take on Ninh Binh, who won three games in succession to climb to third place.

Ninh Binh are better in terms of form, but with the home advantage and the thirst for points Kien Giang hope to earn at least one point.

Despite two successive defeats, second-bottom Ha Noi FC are favourites to take full points over fifth-placed Dong Thap, who are still solid despite the departure of many key players and a head coach.

Bottom-ranked Vicem Hai Phong, who lost two games under newly appointed Le Thuy Hai, will host ninth-placed Khanh Hoa at Lach Tray Stadium — VNS

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