Suspension-hit South China can expect an ultra-tough job when they play in-form Happy Valley in a vital Ericsson League match this afternoon. Not only are Valley second in the table, five points clear of the Caroliners, who are third from the bottom, their spirit has been greatly boosted after thrashing the Maldives' New Radiant 8-2 on aggregate in last week's Asian Cup-Winners' Cup second-round ties. To compound their problems, three South China regulars - defenders Ku Kam-fai, Yau Kin-wai and Brazilian midfielder Ailton De Araujo - are suspended. South China head coach Casemiro Mior will play it safe by fielding their usual local substitutes at the Hong Kong Stadium today, rather than their new Brazilian signing Jose Ricardo Rambo. Long-time reserve Yeung Ching-kwong will replace De Araujo, while Tsang Siu-wing, who joined the club from Five-One-Seven this season, will replace Yau. Young defender Lam Hiu-fung, who produced a promising performance in the recent Senior Shield final, will continue to replace Ku. The Caroliners are anxious to get the full points this afternoon to get themselves in the top four of the first phase. They have played only three games this season, with three postponed. Valley will miss defender Lee Wai-man, who is serving a one-match suspension. Sing Tao, who lead the table with 10 points after five games, face champions Instant-Dict in the first match of today's double-header.