The Malaysia Cup resumes on Saturday and some teams cannot afford to be stuck in first gear. Vijhay Vick takes a look at five teams that need to hit the ground running…
The Turtles have simply failed to show any spark since finishing fourth in the Malaysia Super League (MSL) this past August.
Two away losses – 5-0 to second-tier winners Kedah and 3-2 to FA Cup champions LionsXII – and a scoreless match against another second-tier side in Johor Darul Ta’zim II spell danger for Terengganu.
They can make amends starting with Kedah’s visit to the Kuala Terengganu but another defeat combined with a LionsXII win against their Causeway neighbours will likely end Terengganu’s Malaysia Cup hopes.
Which will be a very poor result from one of the tournament's top seeds, especially given the quality they possess in their playing ranks.
The form book entering the competition read eight consecutive defeats for Perak, but they were still expected to progress against struggling Group B opponents Sarawak and ATM.
However, Perak surprisingly failed to defeat ATM in Ipoh and find themselves level on three points with the the Armed Forces team and Sarawak, who have a game in hand due to the postponement of matches due to hazy conditions.
Perak's calamitous run of form has been made all the more shocking considering the team had led the MSL in the early stages and had shown plenty of promise in their young squad.
There's plenty to do if they are to turn things around in the Cup and save their season.
The 2012 treble winners caught everyone’s attention after dismantling Selangor in Shah Alam on the opening day but then failed to win any of their following matches.
Only two matches remain in Group C and Kelantan could find themselves out of the competition if they don’t improve.
With Selangor expected to get at least a draw to confirm a berth in the last eight, Kelantan mus win in order to have their qualification fate firmly in their hands come the finale.
Anything less and the Red Warriors will be rueing opportunities missed in their previous matches.
Group C is living up to its group of death tag and the Klang Valley-based club are third with five points, two shy of leaders of Selangor. T-Team are in second with six points while Kelantan are on four.
Felda’s best bet of qualifying is hoping for a win against Kelantan and repeating last year’s quarter-final 7-3 aggregate win over Selangor in the last match.
Felda could well top the group if results elsewhere are in their favour, but they'll have to hold up their side of the bargain and beat their upcoming opponents to stand a chance.
The Cops seem to be mirroring the Malaysian currency’s fall. PDRM were the talk of 2014 and impressed in the first half of 2015, staying close to the top of the MSL but eventually fell to sixth in the table.
The team are currently bottom of Group D with only two points to show and must starting flexing their muscles in the remaining three matches, starting with Penang. The Panthers are full of confidence after dismantling defending champions Pahang 4-1 in September.
PDRM still appear lost after the sacking of Azman Adnan, skipper Muslim Ahmad and winger Nurul Azwan Roya in July. The club claimed the trio were sacked for poor performance, but have not shown much in the way of improvement since then.