UNIVERSITY of the Philippines and De La Salle collide on Friday, hoping to bounce back from their stunning losses to surprise package University of the East in UAAP Season 76 men’s football at the FEU-Diliman pitch.
The Fighting Maroons and the Green Archers try to avoid falling in last place in the 3 p.m. match.
Meanwhile, the Red Warriors seek to gain the top spot against National University at 1 p.m., after defending champion Ateneo and University of Santo Tomas collide at 10 a.m.
Meanwhile, the match between the Lady Eagles and titleholder Far Eastern University that was halted on Wednesday due to heavy rains will be replayed at a date still to be determined by the organizers.
The teams were tied 1-1 when the match was halted in the 56th minute but the teams will again play the full 90 minutes in the rematch, according to tournament director Rely Sam Agustin.
UE has collected six points on successive wins against last season’s runner-up UP and De La Salle to join FEU in the lead.
The Red Warriors placed dead-last in Season 75, with only one point to show in 12 matches.
A big revelation for UE is star striker Fitch Arboleda, who has three goals to tie for the lead with FEU’s Nicolas Ferrer.
The Maroons were a big disappointment in their 0-2 loss to the Warriors last Saturday as national under-23 mainstay Jinggoy Valmayor had a sub-par performance.
Sorely missing ace goalkeeper Patrick Deyto who has already consumed his playing eligibility, the Archers dropped a 0-2 decision to the Tigers in the opener and lost a one-goal lead to bow to the Warriors, 1-2.
Standings: FEU 2-0-0, 6 pts, UE 2-0-0, 6 pts, UST 1-1-0, 4 pts, NU 0-1-1, 1 pt, UP 0-0-1, 0 pts, ADMU 0-0-1, 0 pts, DLSU 0-0-2, 0 pts.