SINGAPORE - They have not been at their best all year, but Tampines Rovers' ability to eke out results in an unpredictable S-League season has seen them take a massive 11-point lead in the 12-team standings.
Victories in their next two fixtures - against Woodlands Wellington and Tanjong Pagar United - could even see Tampines crowned champions before the kick off of the last round, if other results go their way.
Tampines are determined to take some excitement out of the final round of fixtures.
Said Tampines coach Tay Peng Kee: "Our objective is to close out the title race before the last round, leave the rest of the clubs to fight for second place, and give the rest of our players in the squad a run out."
Despite that, some in the football fraternity believe that there will still be excitement aplenty.
"I'm excited to play in the new format. Several clubs are still fighting for league positions, and it'll be interesting to see who manages to cement their spot," said Tampines hitman Aleksandar Duric.
"Even if we do manage to win (the league before the last round), I don't think it will be boring. It'll be a chance for us to show that we deserve to be where we are."
After the traditional two rounds of home-andaway games, the league will split into half, with the top six sides playing one another once to decide the league winners.