SINGAPORE - One regularly attracts over 7,000 screaming fans to the Jalan Besar Stadium; the other struggles to draw crowds of 2,000.
But suggest to S-League chief executive officer Lim Chin that the Malaysian Super League and its newly-crowned champions, the LionsXII, are killing the S-League and the former army colonel begs to differ.
In fact, Singapore's professional football league is doing well and can still get better.
"We've had a good first half of the season, both on and off the pitch," Lim said on Monday, at the launch of the league's Win-A-Car contest where one fan will drive off in a Hyundai Elantra 1.6, worth over $110,000 but excluding COE, at the season's end.
"But we are not resting on our laurels; we are going to try harder for the remainder of the year." All paid ticket holders qualify to take part in the draw, with the winner to be picked at the Nov 8 RHB Singapore Cup final.
This is the second time this year that Komoco Motors is offering a car to help generate interest in the local game.
But Lim recognises that such events merely help encourage fans to come to matches. What ultimately matters is the action on the field.
He believes with the introduction of marquee players such as Tanjong Pagar's Monzef Zerka and Home United's Lee Kwan Woo raising both the level and interest in the Great Eastern-Yeo's S-League, the 18-year-old domestic league still has a future.