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Ceres-Negros FC
faces Kaya in PFL

Two days after clinching the ASEAN title in the AFC Cup, Ceres-Negros returns to the field today to play against Kaya –Makati in the Philippines Football League at the University of Makati Stadium.

The Busmen are expected to once again display the brand of soccer brilliance that earned them the ASEAN crown against some the best squads in the regions, including AFC Cup 2015 champion Johor DarulTa'zim of Malaysia.

Kaya, however, looks to bounce back from a recent loss against Meralco-Manila. Makati salvages a 1-1 draw against Negros during the PFL season opener in May.

Meanwhile, Meralco- Manila looks to strengthen its hold of the top spot in the PFL standings as the club takes on Stallion Laguna at the Biñan Football Stadium in Biñan today.

Manila aims for an encore of its 5-1 thrashing of Laguna also at the same venue in their third meeting.

However, things have changed since their first encounter as Laguna has gone red-hot recently, never losing in its last five games thanks to the return of midfielder Carlo Polli, the arrival of striker Gabriele Mascazzini, and the resurgence of young gunner Jhan-JhanMelliza.

The said streak catapulted the club into playoff contention as the second half of the PFL regular season commences.

Another proof that Laguna has already moved on from the said bad beat was its shock 1-1 draw at Manila in their second round meeting which eventually sparked Manila's mini-slump that took the club out of the top spot momentarily.

Manila eventually got its winning form back and even proved that it can thrive sans the Younghusband Brothers by beating cross-provincial rival Makati last week to reclaim first place.

The win also snapped Makati's seven-game unbeaten run, and the club now looks to continue its streak-busting against Laguna on the road.*PNA


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