WITH only six games left in the DSTGroup Brunei Premier League I (BPL I), QAF FC are set on their way to becoming champions for three times running.
But, judging from the tight battle at the top of the 10-team BPL I table, the defending champions would be ill-advised to take anything for granted.
QAF FC need to get their finishing touch back as their form has been dipping lately scrapping through their past two results, a lone goal against Wijaya FC this week and a 2-2 draw against second-placed AM Gunners FC last week.
This week's 1-0 victory against Wijaya FC, who are currently eighth with 10 points, brought them four points clear at the top with 32 points after 12 matches.
They were aided by fourth placed Jerudong FC, who have 21 points after scoring a 1-1 draw with QAF FC's arch-rivals MS ABDB.
The inclusion of ex-DPMM FC players into MS ABDB, currently third on 27 points, was expected to be a boost but their 2-1 loss against AM Gunners last week was a blow which they have failed to recover from.
The result allows AM Gunners, who scored a 4-1 win against Majra FC on Monday, to leapfrog MS ABDB into second place with 28 points.
The battle for top spot is still there for the taking for AM Gunners, MS ABDB and Jerudong if they can get positive results from their remaining matches.
The mid-table tussle, meanwhile, is too close to call as Majra FC, Indera FC and AH United are all tied at 15 points.
AH United look to be in scintillating form winning big in their last two matches, 4-2 against Brunei Shell FT and 4-1 against NBT FC.
If things continue this way, they might find themselves in fourth place by the end of the season.
Brunei Shell FT and NBT FC, two bottom dwellers, need to start getting their game on if they intend to stay in the league next year.
Tied at only five points after 12 matches each, both teams failed to get a single point in their last couple of games.
The Brunei Times