GLOBAL and Loyola Meralco try to cement their lofty places in the standings when they take on separate opponents on Tuesday in the United Football League at the Emperador Stadium in Taguig.
Front-running Global faces Division 1 newbie Pachanga-Diliman in the opener at 5:15 p.m., before the second-ranked Sparks collide with fellow contender Kaya at 7:30 p.m.
Flaunting the form that allowed it to win the title last year, Global has been on a tear of late as indicated by its 6-0 thrashing of Philippine Army last Tuesday – so far the most lopsided win registered this season.
Global coach Brian Reid was quick to play down his team’s unbeaten four-game start to the campaign and remains wary of Pachanga (six points in four matches), the 2012 Division 2 champion which is raring to prove itself right on its maiden top-flight campaign.
“We still won’t get carried away. We started the season on a very bright way. And it’s important to start the season as well as we have,” the Scottish Reid said.
The Sparks are likewise on a hot start as they are unscathed in four games for 12 points, although two down on Global on goal difference.
But the team bannered by Phil Younghusband and Mark Hartmann certainly is not taking Kaya (four points in four matches) for granted.
“Kaya unfortunately has not been in the form they are known for. We’re not gonna bank on that,” Sparks coach Vince Santos said. “Maybe they’ll bounce back stronger against us so we’ll play the same and hopefully we’ll get the same result.”
Freddy Gonzalez, the Sparks’ most prized addition this season, is doubtful to play against Kaya as he recovers from an injury he suffered in a collision with PSG goalkeeper Reza Ataei in their last game.