Kitchee gunning for premier league victory against

Kitchee gunning for premier league victory against R&F, as Blues aims to get back on winning track After focusing solely on the AFC Champions League over the past few weeks, Kitchee will re-channel its focus back to domestic football, as the Blues prepares itself to face mainland side R&F at home on Monday evening. The premier league affair will take place in Mongkok Stadium and kick-off time will be 8:00pm. After suffering back-to-back losses in the AFC Champions League, Kitchee should find things slightly easier in domestic football. The Blues has remained unbeaten in the premier league this season, having built up an eight-point lead in the title-chase over second-place Hong Kong Pegasus, owning a firm grip on the premier league driver’s seat. Kitchee has actually met up with R&F twice already this season, first beating them in the premier league and then in the Sapling Cup group stage, giving the Blues a slight psychological advantage heading into the latest battle. Quality veterans such as Lucas Silva, Jared Lum and Lam Zhi Gin – none of them involved in the AFC Champions League, are all chomping their bits to get back onto the field to prove themselves. Hence the Blues will still be expected to field a quality, fit and confident side that is capable to go toe-to-toe against a fast-rising R&F on Monday evening. Midfielder Lam Zhi Gin stresses everyone in the Kitchee dressing room is eager to face R&F, as the Blues aims to halt its two-game losing streak as quickly as possible. “We have been focusing all of our attention on the AFC Champions League over the past two weeks, thus this premier league fixture is coming at just the right moment, as it gives us the perfect opportunity to put the losses behind us and to try to get back on the winning track,” Lam expressed ahead of the game. “Some of us who were not involved in the AFC Champions League have been idling on the sidelines for several weeks now. We are all raring to go and cannot wait for Monday evening to arrive.” Despite losing back-to-back games in the AFC Champions League group stage, Kitchee young gun Cheng Chin-lung does not believe confidence will be an issue for the Blues heading into Monday’s fixture. “The AFC Champions League and the Hong Kong Premier League are two completely different competitions. With the rich experience that our veteran players have, I do not expect the two recent losses will have any effect on their confidence,” offered the talented attacker. “R&F has been steadily climbing the league table after bringing in reinforcements at the start of the year. Godfred Karikari has tremendous speed to burn, while centre-forward Tiago De Leonco has demonstrated his class in recent games, making the mainland side an opponent that we must respect.”