MSL Preview: Five things to look out for in Gameweek 7

Three derbies, two clashes of former Malaysian Premier League sides, and one FA Cup replay - what's not to love about this gameweek in the Malaysian Super League?

Bos Gaurus vs Turtles, Round Two

Perak and Terengganu will clash again after meeting each other at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Stadium in a first-leg FA Cup quarter-final clash that ended in a 1-1 draw just a few days ago. With the Turtles heading down to the Ipoh Stadium, we expect the game to be more of an open affair, as it is a league match and both teams have already got a feel of what to expect from each other.

Matthew Davies’ audition begins

Fresh from his transfer from A-League side Perth Glory to Pahang, 20-year-old Matt Davies is definitely a prospect for the future. Whether he will make a difference and shore up the backline for the Elephants, who has conceded six goal in the Super League so far, remains to be seen, but with Datuk Ong Kim Swee already stating an interest in roping him into the Malaysian Under-23 side for the upcoming SEA Games, the Aussie-born Malaysian will be keen to make his mark, starting with Kelantan this week.

“Don’t worry, kid, big brother is here…”

The Southern Tigers will be crossing the causeway to take on the LionsXII at the Jalan Besar Stadium, looking to exact revenge and bring some pride back to Johor following JDT II’s 2-0 defeat to LionsXII in the first-leg FA Cup quarter-finals just a few days ago. With the likes of Patito Rodriguez, Alhaji Kamara and Amri Yahyah in town, JDT will be a different ball game altogether for the Singaporean side.

“So, we meet again…”

PDRM and Felda United will renew their rivalry from last year when both teams duked it out in the Malaysian Premier League in their quest to gain promotion to be amongst the elite of Malaysian football. With both teams perhaps surprisingly being involved in the title run-in, both teams will have more than just pride to play for in this exciting match-up, which has been touted by us as one of this year’s must-watch matches.

The relegation dogfight

Another must-watch match, two of bottom three teams will face off as Sime Darby will meet Sarawak at the Kuching Stadium. With ATM facing in-form Selangor in a Klang Valley Derby, it is a chance for eithere team to secure an advantage in the relegation dogfight. The match could either be a high-scoring affair or right old scrap between these two, as they have been porous in defence, conceding a total of 22 goals between them while only managing a total of 11 goals upfront. Expect an intense affair.

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