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Singapore Premier League 2020 preview: First time winner for the home clubs?

Singapore Premier League 2020 preview: First time winner for the home clubs?

In the 3rd year running since Singapore Premier League was changed its format and name, the home fans will hope to find their first home club winner for the first time.

The league consists of 9 teams, with 2 guest teams participating since the first season. The first team is Albirex Niigata. Originated from Japan, this team is a satellite team based in Singapore and won the league first edition in 2018.

The second team is DPMM FC – the 2019 champion. Based in Brunei, they won the Singapore Premier League 2019, with 6 points clear from the runner-up Tampines Rovers.

Singapore Premier League 2020 preview: First time winner for the home clubs?

There are rumors that DPMM FC may pull out of SPL because of its unprofessional, with applications to join Thai League 1 or Indonesian Liga 1 have been submitted. But the team has confirmed to play at the SPL for the 3rd year as the defending champion.

As record champions Warriors FC will miss the 2020 season of the Singapore Premier League due to financial troubles, Tanjong Pagar will take the place of Warriors FC in the 2020 SPL season. The Jaguars last participated in Singapore's top-tier in 2015 before the club itself was told to sit-out due to money problems. Nevertheless, Tanjong Pagar was one of the pioneer clubs in the former S.League in 1996 and lifted the Singapore and FA Cup in 1998.

All the eyes will be put on Andrey Varankow – the Belarus attacking player for DPMM FC. He was last season top scorer with 21 goals, and also top assist with 10 times setting up goals for teammates.

Singapore Premier League 2020 preview: First time winner for the home clubs?

The top Singaporean team will qualify for the AFC Champions League preliminary round 1, as rules have stated that the foreign teams are unable to participate in the continental level. Tampines Rovers was Singaporean representative this season, but the team lost against Bali United of Indonesia after extra time.

The home fans will certainly want their home clubs like Tampines Rovers, Home United to come up big this season to win the newly-formed league for the first time ever, after letting it slipped out for the foreign clubs.