Ceres-Negros FC returns to league action today when they take on JPV Marikina FC at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Both squads have played memorable matches in last year’s competition with a win apiece and two draws for each club.
JPV drew first blood in their first meeting in the PFL with a 2-1 win in June last year. The Marikina side also forced a come-from-behind win in their first encounter in Bacolod from two goals down.
Ceres made amends with a 5-0 rout in Panaad before their final meeting saw a 2-2 decision when they played last November in Biñan.
“We know that JPV and Ceres have good games in the past years and the margin is not too big,” said assistant coach Ian Treyes, who’s calling the shots for the Busmen from the bench until head coach Risto Vidakovic returns after serving his suspension.
“I hope we can play our best tomorrow and we can see a good game,” Treyes said..
The assistant coach is also wary of the short gap in between tournaments that will make it challenging for the Negros squad but he trusts the team’s depth to maintain its good form.
“Coming from a game abroad in the AFC Cup is difficult for us. We need to recover from the previous game and we’ll adjust again for the game against JPV. We’ll need some other players to step up for this game,” Treyes said.
Marikina, currently, sits on top with six points after three games while Ceres has three points from their lone match. The match is set to kick-off at 7 p.m. with a livestream available at PFLtv.ph.*ceres.com
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