We have one more gameweek to go before the league goes on a month-plus break. So what’s interesting this week?
The Elephants stomping on
The last international break was not a good one in general for Malaysia, having been thrashed 6-0 by Oman, but it somehow did wonders for Pahang. Perhaps the short break rejuvenated them because since then, the Elephants have embarked on an unbeaten run in all competitions that saw them qualify for the Malaysian FA Cup semi-finals and the AFC Cup knockout rounds, thumping Yadanarbon 7-4 in the progress. Their opponents this week are Terengganu, who will not be relishing the trip to the Darul Makmur Stadium…
Army vs Police
That kind of headline above would usually result in a large, angry riot, but thankfully, it is only their football teams – ATM and PDRM – that will face off this week. Instead, we will most probably witness a one-sided massacre with the in-form Cops putting house arrest on the Armed Forces, after the latter let go of a few key players such as Amirizdwan Taj Tajuddin and D. Christie Jayaseelan in recent weeks.
The LionsXII to get their first away league win?
The LionsXII began the season with an emphatic 5-3 win over current league leaders PDRM but have since failed to match that level of performance. Besides that, they have yet to register their first away win of the season. However, with their upcoming match against Sime Darby at the Selayang Stadium, it all could change. The Singaporean side have a good track record playing there, having beaten ATM 2-1 and Sime Darby 2-0 at that stadium last season. On top of that, the Giant Killers are struggling in the league, so there is no better time for the LionsXII to break that winless run.
“Let’s just give Kelantan all the three points…”
Sarawak fans have every reason to be dejected with Kelantan’s upcoming visit to the Sarawak Stadium. After all, the Crocs have not beaten the Red Warriors at their own home ground in recent years in all competitions, including a recent 2-1 Malaysian FA Cup defeat.
“It’s a-me, Mario!”
All eyes will be on the JDT-Felda United match this Sunday, as Roberto Carlos Mario Gomez – unrelated to either the Brazil legend or the Fiorentina striker – will take charge of the Southern Tigers for the first time. The Argentine was signed from South China AA to replace Bojan Hodak, who has been “rested” for the remainder of the season following a few subpar performances by the defending champions. The last time JDT replaced their head coach – ironically Hodak for Cesar Jimenez around the same time last year – they went on a good run to snatch the league title from Selangor. Will lightning strike twice for them?