Hariss Harun out as Home United try to stop slide in S.League

Singapore vice captain Hariss Harun will be suspended as Home United try to avoid a third straight S.League loss to keep alive their fading hopes of finishing second in the S.League.

And Home will desperately want to become only the second team this season to lose to Garena Young Lions, whom they welcome to Bishan Stadium.

Home trail second-placed Tampines Rovers by seven points, with a game in hand. But if they lose or draw against the 2017 wooden spooners, they will have no chance of reeling in Jurgen Raab's side.

"It's a good time to meet [Home] now. If we take any point off Home, then Tampines will be second [in the table]," Young Lions coach Vincent Subramaniam told the S.League's official website.

"But it won't be easy. They fielded almost the full first 11 against Tampines and I am quite sure they will do the same against us. For us, it's 0-0 when the game starts and we will take them on from there."

Young Lions recorded their one and only victory of the S.League season when they beat Warriors FC 1-0 on Oct. 14.

Hariss will miss the game against the development side due to an accumulation of yellow cards. But new boy M. Anumanthan is likely to start again, with Home missing players through injury and suspension.

The versatile Hariss, who has played both in central defence and midfield while on-loan at Home from parent club Johor Darul Ta'zim, cut a bitterly disappointed figure after a 2-0 loss to Tampines on Oct. 23 ended their title hopes.

In the subsequent 2-1 defeat to Warriors FC on Oct. 27, Hariss played, but Home were without the suspended Irfan Fandi, plus the injured Khairul Nizam, Song Uiyoung and Sirina Camara.

Making the most of his opportunity, former Hougang United midfielder Anumanthan impressed in his first three games with his new club, and came up with Home's only goal against Warriors.

"I'm happy Anumanthan managed to score because he has worked very hard, especially when he hasn't played competitive football in four months," Home coach Aidil Sharin said.

"Don't forget, he has National Service commitments in the day and to come here to work his socks off for two hours -- it's not easy. I'm also pleased with the efforts of Aqhari [Abdullah] who has been doing very well at right-back."

If they are to have any chance of securing second place, Home will need to beat Young Lions and Geylang International (Nov. 4) before their crunch clash against Tampines to end the season on Nov. 18.