University of East London Badminton team face Kings College at the Brixton Recreation Centre in both teams’ third fixture of the season. This match is a top-of-the-table clash, with the two teams starting off the season with a 100% record. This could turn out to be a crucial match come the end of the season as both teams are on six points.
The form of both Kings and UEL is near perfect. In Kings’ first match of the season, they defeated the University of Medway 6-2. Following that, their second game was a complete walkover as Kings managed an 8-0 victory at the home of London Southbank.
In UEL’s first match, they travelled to face University of Essex and won 6-2 in a comfortable win. Their second match of the season and their first at home was a lot closer as they won 5-3 against a competitive LSE side. Kings lead the table on game difference and have a plus 12 tally compared to UEL’s plus six.
Availability of players
Azhar Syed and Joshua Teoh come back into the team after being unavailable and injured respectively. Teoh said: “I think the team can go on to better and better with no limitations on what we can do.” Syed was similarly positive ahead of Wednesday’s game, saying: “I am confident that we can do it as a team and individuals to get another win for UEL.”
The match between these two sides last season had the home team winning on both occasions. At Sports Dock it was a close affair which UEL edged out to a 5-3 win. In the corresponding fixture at Kings College, UEL were thrashed 8-0 and were unable to put up a significant fight.
With Teoh available to play in his first match of the season after from recovering from an ankle injury he should be a boost to a team already high in confidence. But with Ali Chin still injured and still receiving treatment from the sports injury clinic at UEL, it is unpredictable to say when he will come back from injury. In addition, Marco Eng has picked up an injury in his lower back and has expressed his need to rest to avoid any further problems for the season ahead.