UNIVERSITY of the East tackles University of Santo Tomas on Friday, with the Red Warriors and Golden Booters hoping to get back on track in the UAAP Season 76 men's football action at the Far Eastern University Diliman pitch.
Kickoff is at 3 p.m.
Ace striker Fitch Arboleda hurt his hamstring in the first half of UE's 0-1 loss to league-leading FEU last Friday but the league's leading scorer with five is expected to be back in harness after his team had the luxury of a weeklong break. Arboleda missed the whole of last season also to injury.
The setback dropped the Red Warriors, the 2002 champions under the late coach Lloyd Lim, to second place with 10 points on a 3-1-1 win-draw-loss record. Unbeaten in four matches, the Tamaraws are now on the top of the table with 12 points.
The Growling Tigers hope to shrug off rust from a long rest. They last played on December 3, losing to the Tamaraws, 1-3.
Patrick O'Neill, who has two goals in the tournament, will be the main man for the Tigers.
UST is tied with defending champion Ateneo in third place with four points with a victory, a draw and two losses to show.
Former titlist University of the Philippines and De La Salle are in joint fifth with three points (1-0-2), while National University is in last place with one point (0-1-3).
Women's action resumes Saturday, with UP facing Ateneo at 1 p.m. and UST battling FEU at 3 p.m.