TWO United Football League giants try to widen the gap between them and the rest of the field when they take on separate opponents on Tuesday night at the Emperador Stadium in Taguig.
Stallion-Sta. Lucia faces a slumping Philippine Army side at 5:15 p.m., before third-ranked Loyola Meralco collides with a rejuvenated Air Force in the 7:30 p.m. main game.
The Stallions, the first club to reach 30 points this season and up by two points over second-running Global, are currently on a four-game winning streak. A victory against the slumping Troopers would enable the reigning UFL Cup champions to separate themselves from the pack.
Stallions coach Ernie Nierras, though, is focused on the task at hand and refuses to get ahead of himself.
“What we’re looking forward to is Army. We just look at it one game at a time so we don’t put much pressure on the team,” he said.
“I don’t really care about how many goals we score or what the goal differential is. What I care about is winning. You can have a plus-one hundred in goal differential, but if you don’t have enough points, you’re not going to win the championship,” Nierras added.
The Sparks have also been on a roll lately as they flaunted their offensive prowess by scoring 14 goals and allowing just two in their last two games.
But they have to be wary of an Airmen side that remains unbeaten in two games in the second round and have recently moved out of the relegation zone.
“They’ll (Air Force) be high in confidence so it’ll be a tough game for us,” Sparks skipper James Younghusband said. “We have to stay mentally focused and look for the win.”