New season of Red Stripe Premier League begins today

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Defending champions Montego Bay United will begin their defence against promited Maverley/Hughenden at Wespow Park, while last season’s beaten finalists Pormore United will tackle Jamalco, another promoted team at Juici Park.

It will be a gruelling eight-and-a-half months, with the teams that possess the best in skill depth, like to be the main contenders, while the others fall by the wayside, trying to avoid the drop to the lower divisions, for the next season.

Sunday’s set of matches will possible set the tone for the rest of the competition and if the benchmark of the last contest is anything to go by, it will serve up some interesting clashes.

Of the lot, the game at Effortville Community Centre in Clarendon between hosts and semifinalists for the last two seasons Humble Lion, and former champions Boys’ Town, scheduled to begin at 3:30 pm, could hold top billing.

The organisers of the competition have changed the format of the competition this year, with six teams instead of four, going to the semifinals. They said they did this to keep the league interesting, with more teams having something to play for.

This will be significant towards the end of the preliminary rounds. Usually, teams in the middle, who can neither make it to the semifinals or in danger of being relegated, give lukewarm performances, as they honour their fixtures. With more spots to the semifinals, it will make it more competitive at that stage.

SUNDAY’S MATCHES:
Montego Bay vs Maverley/Hughenden at Wespow Park at 3:30 pm
Arnett Gardens vs Reno at Barbican Field at 3:30 pm
Portmore vs Jamalco at Juici Park at 3:00 pm
UWI vs Waterhouse at UWI Bowl at 3:30 pm
Humble Lion vs Boys’ Town at Effortville Community Centre at 3:30 pm
Harbour View vs Tivoli Gardens at Harbour View Mini Stadium at 7:00 pm