The Philippines Football League has gained some finally gained some traction after nine weeks of football. Though the all the teams have not played each other yet, a clear pattern for teams have been established and will fully pan out once the month of July ends. Here’s some quick analysis on the action so far:
#1 Meralco Manila
The capital squad has regained the top spot after continuing its unbeaten run after a James Younghusband goal that edged them over erstwhile top seed JPV Marikina. Unbeaten records are a good measure of a team’s overall character, character that will be tested week in and week out from hereon.
#2 Global Cebu
Wins over Ceres and Stallion at home have pushed the title favorites back in second spot. Global has shown in resiliency in big matches and are eager to showcase it in front of their adoring fans in Cebu.
#3 JPV Marikina
JPV has had an unlucky spell the past few days after having their match from previous week called off, aside from losing topscorer Takumi Uesato and scoring an own goal against Loyola. The Marikina squad dropped to third place but a favorable schedule ahead should keep things in order.
#4 Kaya FC-Makati
A three-game unbeaten run has put Kaya back as one of the top contenders after falling short against Ceres Negros. The Makati squad has somewhat regained some momentum after almost winning against Global and everyone in their way must watch out.
The other title favorite has flexed its muscles after losing midweek against fierce rivals Global in Cebu. The Negros squad came back to winning ways after winning with the biggest margin in the PFL so far with seven goals. Ceres will be looking forward to win all their games before their AFC Cup meeting with Home United.
#6 Davao Aguilas
The Southern squad had a golden chance to separate themselves from the other bottom teams but a Jason Cordova red card saw momentum swinging back to visitors Kaya, allowing them to take the full three points. Cordova has been given 2 reds this season and has affected three games so far with another coming up against Global. The Davao skipper should rethink his approach in the game as it has proven costly in the Aguilas maiden campaign.
Stallion has been on a four-game skid after almost winning against league leaders Meralco two weeks prior. The Laguna squad have to rethink their strategy and maybe tap new players in the upcoming window to save the season.
The Northern squad is in a quagmire after losing top players from their usual starting eleven. The transfer window might be of help to the debutantes as a lack of healthy players has been an issue in the past few weeks.