The Malaysia Super League (MSL) break has given the teams near the bottom plenty of time to contemplate the drop to the Premier League. John Duerden looks at the five who have the most to fear and the most to do.
Penang (7 points)
Bottom with just seven points, it is an understatement to say that Penang have a lot of work to do. The departure of Jacksen Tiago has been messy and badly-handled but now the focus is on whether CEO Bojan Hodak and his head coach and fellow Croatian Nenad Bacina can save the islanders.
It was expected that Hodak, the man who delivered a first-ever title for Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT), would return to the Larkin and head back north-west with a new player or two especially as Australian defender Brent Griffiths has exited. There have been no new names as yet but fans are hoping that the new coaching staff can make a difference.
Slipping into bottom place meant that the Panthers, promoted last season, have missed out on the Malaysia Cup. That was unfortunate in terms of missed revenue but does mean that full attention can be given to survival.
After an away game at T-Team there are three games at home. Being four points from safety means that Penang have got to start winning.