Felda's title credentials face Selangor test

Malaysia Super League (MSL) title hopefuls Felda United visit Selangor in what is a battle between second and third-placed teams while leaders Johor Darul Ta'zim host Kelantan with hopes of pulling clear by the end of Tuesday. 

Mathematically Selangor are still in the MSL title race despite it being referred to as a two-horse race between Felda and JDT.

And Red Giants coach Zainal Abidin Hassan is refusing to rule out a late fight for the title.

Zainal believes there are eight games to go and Selangor must start winning consistently, starting with second-placed Felda. Selangor find themselves 10 points behind JDT and eight adrift of Felda after 14 games.

"First we need to do our job ... Selangor must keep winning and keep our fingers crossed that those at the top drop points," said Zainal.

"It's a far shot and we have ourselves to blame for being in this position. So we need to get wins, starting with Felda and hope that we are there to capitalise should the two top drop points.

"Felda will be tough to beat but we can get the job done if we stay focussed and convert our chances. We need to do both of that together, something we haven't really been doing effectively."

Realistically, Selangor look rooted to third place in the standings but a win against Felda will reduce the gap with second to five points. JDT, meanwhile, host Kelantan at Larkin.

Should JDT win the MSL title, the second-placed team in the MSL will qualify for the AFC Cup as the Southern Tigers also won the FA Cup in May. If Mario Gomez's side defy odds to reach the AFC Champions League, even finishing third in the league come October will see Selangor compete in the AFC Cup next year.

While Selangor are bent on beating Felda, the Fighters' coach Irfan Bakti Abu Salim is unperturbed of the visit to Shah Alam on Tuesday.

"I don't have any concerns that we play Selangor because it is the same against every team ... my biggest worry is the hectic schedule," said Irfan.

"The players are tired, both physically and mentally, after playing every three or four days. The fitness coaches are working hard to keep everyone fresh and available for selection every time. Player rotation is working well so far but I can't give everyone a rest"

MSL FIXTURES

TUESDAY: Selangor vs Felda, Shah Alam Stadium

                   Pahang vs Perak, Darul Makmur Stadium

                   JDT vs Kelantan, Larkin Stadium

                   T-Team vs Sarawak, Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Stadium

                   Penang vs Kedah, City Stadium

WEDNESDAY: Terengganu vs PDRM, Sultan Mizan Stadium