Last season's Senior Shield champions Happy Valley start their league campaign tonight and vowed to win at least three of the four local competitions this season. Valley play Golden in the second match of the night at Mongkok Stadium, while newly promoted side Sai Kung Friends face problem-plagued Sing Tao in the first game. Valley, who finished third in the league last season, offered their prayers at Mongkok yesterday wishing for a prosperous season. Club chairman Lam Tai-fai said they were in a good position as there had not been big changes in the squad. 'We are lucky that we were able to retain most of our players. We don't have to waste time to get used to each other,' said Lam. 'We are all confident, from the management to the players. 'We have trained hard in China and are in excellent form. We are ready to win. 'We are not the kind of team who look like champions when we step out on the field. But you will see what we can do once we start playing. 'We have a balanced side. Our only worry is that players on other teams like to provoke our defender Martin Kuhl and get him booked. We should be able to win three trophies and get into the final of the remaining one.' As the expat quota has been cut down, Valley have retained only Englishman Kuhl and forward John Moore and have recently recalled striker Michael Midwood, who played for Valley in the 1996-97 season. They have also signed Hong Kong defender Sammy Wong Wai-tak from Instant-Dict to replace former Aston Villa defender Shaun Teale. Stunned by the match-fixing scandal which led to the imprisonment of Sing Tao winger Chan Tsz-kong, Midwood said he hoped they had seen the last of such controversies. 'I couldn't believe it when I heard the news in England. Hopefully, everything is over and we can all concentrate on the game,' said the 22-year-old Midwood, who has had spells with Huddersfield and Halifax. Midwood, who won the Best Attacker Award of the Viceroy Cup two seasons ago, can expect to be tightly marked by the Golden defence, which includes experienced local players. While Brazilian defender Lamartine Da Silva is serving a suspension, Golden will rely on a batch of experienced players, including Lee Fuk-wing, Yan Lik-kin, Chu Yue-tai and Choi Wai-man. South China fans will be familiar with the Golden team as most of their players have played for the Caroliners. In midfield, former South China star midfielder Leslie Santos will join his ex-teammate Wu Qunli, while Bosnian Alen Bajkusa, who left South China two seasons ago, is ready to make his mark for Golden. In the other game, Sing Tao play First Division newcomers Sai Kung Friends. The Tigers' right-back Mark Grainger will be out of action after pulling a thigh muscle during their pre-season training camp in Burma. And former Arsenal defender Gus Caesar has failed to return to the team on time. Sing Tao have also released veteran left-back Chan Wai-chiu. Although Sing Tao have a relatively stronger squad than Sai Kung Friends, it will not be surprising if the Tigers struggle as Sai Kung have already beaten local giants South China 3-1 in a friendly.