FC Meralco Manila and JPV Marikina tussle for the top spot in the Philippines Football League (PFL) today at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila.
Currently sitting on the top two seats, the two clubs will clash at 7 p.m.
The Sparks seek to remain No. 1, a position they’ve regained after a hard-earned 1-0 win over Ilocos United FC last week at the President Elpidio Quirino Stadium in Bantay, Ilocos Sur.
But defender Alvin Sarmiento and his teammates in Meralco know that it is going to be a difficult assignment.
“It will be a tough battle. We know that they (JPV Marikina) are good at keeping the ball so we worked on that in our training,” said Sarmiento.
The Voltes are raring to unseat the capital powerhouse once again following their postponed game against Davao Aguilas FC, wherein they were one goal ahead before the adverse weather forced the officials to suspend the match.
JPV head coach Dan Padernal, however, is well aware of the leading club’s caliber.
“Meralco is good in counter-attack so we are preparing for that,” said Padernal, whose squad is enjoying a five-game winning run.
In their first encounter, Meralco escaped with a slim 1-0 victory against JPV last May 20 at the Biñan Football Stadi-um in Laguna.
Meanwhile, Ceres Negros FC hopes to bounce back when it tangles with the struggling Ilocos United at 7 p.m. at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City.
The Yellow Busmen troop back to their home pitch as they lick the wounds from their 0-1 loss to rival Global Cebu on Wednesday at the Cebu City Sports Center.
But the rookies from Vigan are eager to notch their breakthrough victory in their ninth outing as they try to climb out of the cellar.