Kitchee gunning for maximum points away against R&

After going idle for nearly three weeks, Kitchee will resume its premier league duties by travelling to Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground to face R&F on Sunday afternoon. The match will kick-off at 2:30pm. Kitchee currently trails old rival Eastern Long Lions in the premier league title chase on goal-difference. Although the Blues were kept on the sidelines for nearly three weeks, the side has nevertheless maintained a rigorous training workload during that span, including some high intensity scrimmages in order to sustain the players’ form and sharpness. In addition, with the Blues still trailing on the title-chase by the slimmest margin, Kitchee can be expected to come out on match day ready to fire on all cylinders, hoping to return home with all three points. Despite being leap-frogged by Eastern Long Lions in the premier league table, full-back tong Kin-man insists Kitchee has nothing to worry about. “I am absolutely not concerned about Kitchee’s current position in the premier league standing. We still have a lot of games for us to pick up points and as long as the side plays up to its potential and stay focused for each game, I am confident we can overtake Eastern Long Lions down the road,” Tong stated. “Our own Fernando Pedreira has been in sparkling form and should be a great force for us in the upcoming game against R&F. With the Brazilian in the squad, I am confident we have what it takes to snatch the goals to take down the host.” Forward Alessandro Leonardo, who represented Hong Kong in the EAFF E-1 Football Championship 2017 Round 2 recently, expects the Blues to return home with all three points against R&F. “We must control the match tempo against R&F this weekend and try to dominate the game right from the very first whistle. Travelling all the way and playing in Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground is not going to be an issue for us, as the pitch is a wide surface and the conditions are good, whic