Defending champion Ceres La Salle FC will be battling a struggling Laos FC in the second round of the United Football League (UFL) today at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila.
The Bacolod City powerhouse club will be gunning for back-to-back wins at 3 p.m. as they continue to strengthen their bid of securing the second place position at the end of the season.
Global FC only needs a point to win the crown this season, leaving Ceres La Salle, JP Voltes FC and Loyola Meralco Sparks FC disputing for the runner-up honors.
Ceres La Salle is currently No. 2 with 11 wins, two draws and three defeats for 35 points – a 48-point advantage over JP Voltes on goal difference.
Ceres is coming off a 4-1 win over Loyola highlighted by the hat trick of Filipino-German Stephan Schrock.
According to head coach Risto Vidakovic, who assumed his post only in the second round, they will be taking their final three games of the season one step at a time.
“We have to prepare for this game before we think about Global FC. They have more points than us so we will be playing for second place,” he said.
After their meeting with Laos, the Busmen will be facing rival Global FC on October 16 before ending the season with a clash against JP Voltes FC on October 23.
On the other hand, the cellar-dwelling Laos has yet to register a victory in the second round after losing to Kaya FC, 0-8.
The former second division champion is now no.10 in the standings of the unified division of the UFL, with a dismal record of 13 losses against two wins and a draw.