Two Klang Valley derbies, one Causeway derby, one East Coast derby and one relegation decider - what's not to love about this gameweek of the Malaysian Super League?
PDRM vs Felda United
PDRM's form: WWDLL| Felda's form: WDLWD
Last meeting: Felda 3-2 PDRM (April 2015)
PDRM are probably Felda United’s favourite opponents, as they have never lost to the Cops in the league since they were founded in 2009 – their one and only defeat so far came in the 2009 Malaysian FA Cup. Besides that, the Fighters will most probably be more resilient in getting full points, as their next three matches – against Terengganu, Pahang and JDT – will be as tough as it can get for them. No major absentee has been reported; the most notable thing to take note of is the fact this Klang Valley encounter will be kicking off a day earlier than the rest of the league due to PDRM sharing the Shah Alam Stadium with Selangor, who will be taking on ATM on Wednesday.
Pahang vs Kelantan
Pahang's form: LWWWW | Kelantan's form: LDWWD
Last meeting: Kelantan 3-1 Pahang (May 2015)
Despite suffering a defeat on Saturday, Kelantan should be happier than Pahang going into this match, having all but secured their Super League status due to a 12-point lead (and a massively better goal difference) over 11th-placed ATM with four matches remaining. With virtually nothing but East Coast pride to play for, caretaker coach Zahasmi Ismail might opt to rest his stars and test other players in preparations for the Malaysia Cup, which will be good news for the dejected Pahang, who lost their Super League top spot last week. In any case, the Elephants can look forward to meeting the Red Warriors because they have emerged victorious on three out of the last five occasions against them, losing only once – a 3-1 defeat in the 2015 Malaysian FA Cup.
Johor Darul Ta'zim vs LionsXII
JDT's form: WWWWW | LionsXII's form: WLWWW
Last meeting: LionsXII 0-0 JDT (April 2015)
JDT are without a doubt very thankful to the LionsXII for beating Pahang 4-2, which allowed them to take over the top spot, but the Causeway rivalry between both teams will resume this gameweek. The Southern Tigers will be favourites to win this encounter at the Larkin Stadium, where they have yet to lose and only conceded five goals in the league this season, while Fandi Ahmad and his boys have been toothless on the road this season, gaining only six points out of a possible 27. However, since they were revamped from Johor FC, JDT have drawn four out of their five last meetings in all competitions with the Singaporean side, winning only once. And interestingly, their only victory came away from home at the Jalan Besar Stadium last year.
Selangor vs ATM
Selangor's form: WDDLL | ATM's form: LLLLL
Last meeting: ATM 1-3 Selangor (April 2015)
Wednesday will see Selangor take on another relegation candidate, after easily overcoming Sime Darby 3-1 in the previous gameweek, and get an opportunity to consolidate their grip on third spot. You won’t really bet against a win for the Red Giants, with ATM seemingly having no way out of the relegation zone. Since ‘resting’ former head coach B. Sathianathan, the Armed Forces have not improved on their poor league record – unlike their fellow rivals who have gone down the same unconventional route of getting rid of the head coach – collecting just six points, scoring just 10 goals and conceding 25 in 11 matches.
Sime Darby vs Sarawak
Sime Darby's form: LLLDL | Sarawak's form: LDLLL
Last meeting: Sarawak 2-1 Sime Darby (April 2015)
On May 10, 2013, both Sime Darby and Sarawak battled intensely at the top of the Premier League table, with the latter coming out on top with a 1-0 victory that essentially sealed their Premier League crown. This Wednesday, the Crocs know that a similar result will take them a step closer to their own Super League survival and, at the same time, send the Klang Valley outfit back to the second division. The past meetings between both sides have been full with rough tackles and red cards; with so much at stake this time around, expect an even rowdier match.
Terengganu vs Perak
Terengganu's form: WWWWW | Perak's form: LLLLW
Last meeting: Perak 0-2 Terengganu (April 2015)
Namkung Woong and Chad Souza look set to return for Perak, having missed the 2-0 defeat to Felda United on Saturday. Both strikers are currently the joint-top scorers for the team with nine goals each, so they should play a big role, but the biggest talking point of this match will be the absence of Perak head coach Datuk M. Karathu, who has been rested by the management following four consecutive defeats. Abu Bakar Fadzim, who oversaw the Bos Gaurus during the almost disastrous 2014 Super League season, has been promoted from the coaching staff to take charge for the four remaining league matches. With Perak in turmoil, Terengganu will be more than happy to take them on and extend their own winning run.