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Male Finals Preview: Saints FC v Raineri Ghost FC

When these two teams meet at the Christmas Festival, the victor would have achieved a historic feat. For Saints FC, they would become the very first team to retain the SociaLiga league title and, having won the Super Cup earlier in the season, they would also become the first team to win two SociaLiga titles in a calendar year. For Raineri Ghost, victory for them (in their maiden season in SociaLiga) would make them the first Mainland Conference team to win the league title. Both teams’ starts to the season couldn’t be more different. The Saints Army kicked off their 2017 campaign with a 2-0 victory over Knights FC in the Super Cup and followed this up with 4 wins and a draw in their first 5 league games as they established an early & comfortable lead in the Island Conference. Raineri Ghost FC, on the other hand, failed to find the back of the net in their first 3 league games which saw them grab 2 points from a possible 9 and, as you can imagine, their “Rain Is Coming” campaign was heavily questioned.  They did eventually turn things around and, heading into the finals, these two teams boast similar records with Raineri Ghost having a slight advantage on current form. The Saints Army head into the finals having won 8 of their 11 games played while boasting a league high 20 goals scored and league low 5 goals conceded. Their 3-0 victory over Guns in the Island Conference finals was a walk in the park for them which epitomized their dominance over the last 18 months. Raineri Ghost FC have scored 18 league goals and have kept a league record 7 clean sheets. But, perhaps, the most impressive stat heading into the finals is Raineri Ghost’s current 5 game winning streak, a SociaLiga record for male teams. They took the hard route to reaching the finals after a 3-1 extra-time win over Royals FC in the Mainland Conference semi-finals & a penalty shoot-out win over #1 seed, Bravos Knights in the Conference finals.  Their resilience, coupled with their durability, should give defending champions, Saints FC a reason to worry.

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