In-form Kitchee set for Friday evening premier lea

After getting off back-to-back great starts in the Senior Shield and the Sapling Cup, Kitchee will jump straight back into the premier league fray on Friday evening, this time facing Lee Man at home. The clash will take place in Mongkok Stadium and kick-off time for the affair will be 8:00pm. Kitchee has started the premier league season in a positive manner, racking up three wins, one draw and ten points from its opening four games. The Blues currently edges Hong Kong Pegasus on goal-difference and occupies the top spot in the premier league table. In order to maintain its possession of the driver’s seat in the premier league title-chase, there is little doubt that Kitchee will be desperate to claim all three points on Friday evening, at the expense of opponent Lee Man. Lee Man has certainly caught people’s attention early this season, when the side defeated Eastern Long Lions in its premier league home opener. However, Lee Man seems to be suffering from a dip of form recently, going winless over its past three games. It remains to be seen whether Kitchee can capitalize on Lee Ma’s loss of form and come out on top this weekend. With the international break fast-approaching, midfielder Jared Lum maintains the Blues will be all out for maximum points against Lee Man, hoping to sustain the team’s early-season momentum. “We have done quite well to start the season but in truth, there are still lots of room for improvements. However, the most important thing is to keep picking up points in the premier league table, keep moving towards our goal of retaining the premier league title,” said the tenacious midfielder. “While we might not have played against Lee Man in any official games so far this season, we did face them several times in friendly matches. Both sides know each other very well and from our perspective, as long as we play up to our potential, I feel very confident about our ability to come up with the right result.” Having been forced to remain on the sidelines for the better part of the year due to injury, defender Kim Dong Jin has recently made his return to the pitch, entering last week’s Sapling Cup group match as a second-half substitute. The classy defender reveals his form has been steadily improving and will be ready for Friday night if called upon. “I made my way into the game last week as a second-half substitution and it felt good. If I get the call again this Friday night, I will be ready to answer the bell!” Kim said with confidence. “This is the final premier league game for us before the international break, therefore we will be out targeting for all three points, hoping to maintain our lead in the premier league standings. As a matter of fact, we have started the season well, have performed admirably in the league, the Senior Shield and the Sapling Cup. I am convinced we can produce more of the same on Friday night.”