With their unexpected Draw with Nomads FC and Stallion’s win over Pachanga last week, the third-place Loyola Meralco Spark’s title chances are still hanging by a thread as, statistically, if they win all their remaining games and Stallions and Global lost theirs, they can still tie with Stallions and hope to win by Goal Difference.
Stallions FC has now one foot inside the door as far as the title race is concerned as the maximum points that Global FC can win in their remaining 4 games is only 49 points, while Stallions can possibly score more with their remaining games at 51 possible points. The Stallions-Global game on Tuesday is important as it will be Global’s last chance to upend Stallions this season. If they lose, then Stallions will extend their lead over Global even more.
‘Middle of the Pack’
Kaya overtakes Pachanga Dilliman in 4th place after winning their last 2 games, but that lead is precarious as they are only a win ahead of Pachanga. Pachanga, on the other hand, has lost their last 2 games.
Another team moving up is the Green Archers United FC, who is having a strong finish by winning their last 2 games. They have overtaken PSG FC, who faltered after losing to the Archers 3-0. Another marginal lead by the Archers who are only a win away from Pachanga.
No change at the bottom, and with 3rd from the last team Nomads having a comfortable 3-game win lead over the best team in the Relegation Zone, it will likely stay that way for the remaining season.
The Relegation Battle between Philippine Air Force and Philippine Army has only gotten tighter as both now have equal Goal Difference of -40. And with only a win separating them, this could go down the wire.
With Team Socceroo’s 5-4 win over Forza Sunday, they officially win the Division 2 title and secure automatic promotion to Division 1 next season. This is because 2nd placers Agila and Union Internationale will not have enough points to catch up with Team Socceroo even if they win all of their games and Team Socceroo loses all of its games. Congratulations to Team Socceroo for their win and promotion!!!
In the meantime, Union Internacionale and Agila are in a tight battle for 2nd place and an automatic playoff for promotion against the 2nd worst Division 1 team. Union has a slight advantage as they have slightly more remaining games to play than Agila. They also have a comfortable 9-goal difference advantage over Agila in case the two teams tie for second place.
‘Division 1 Goal Scorers’
No change in the top 2 spot for the Golden Boot Award this year, it is still Rufo Sanchez at number one with 16 goals followed closely by Phil Younghusband with 15 goals. Both have a comfortable lead (at least 3 goals) over Mark Hartmann who moves up to third place with 12 goals. Izzo El-Habbib, Jeong Lee and Emmanuel Mbata round out the double-digit scorers with 11 apiece.