Malaysia Cup semi-finals – PDRM and T-Team must dig deep
PDRM vs Kedah (1-2)
Sat October 15 | Hang Jebat Stadium | 9pm
Form: PDRM – LLLDW | Kedah – WWWWD
Just like the first leg, this match promises to be a cracker as the Cops have the capability to set up barricades to frustrate the attacking-minded Kedah and hit them on the break.
PDRM’s attack, led by targetman and Malaysia Cup top scorer Guilherme de Paula, have already proved they have the abilities to sting opponents on the counter and the absence of the hard-tackling centre-back Khairul Helmi Johari, who got injured on national duty, could hurt the visitors.
The Red Eagles are unlikely to rest on their laurels, knowing that conceding the first goal will change the dynamics of the tie.
Kedah have earned praise for their possession-style football with the likes of Liridon Krasniqi and Baddrol Bakhtiar dictating play in midfield.
That may play into PDRM’s defensive game plan, but if Thiago Fernandes and Shane Smeltz can resume their goal-scoring exploits, Fauzi Pilus could have his defence undone before they get anything out of their counterattacks.
PDRM may also be distracted by their Malaysia Super League (MSL) relegation battle, something Kedah have no worries about after securing third place.
Fact and figures
PDRM have only beaten Kedah three times in 15 tries over the last 10 years. Kedah prevailed nine times.
Kedah's poor away form resulted in them winning only once on their eight early season travels but have four wins in their last five trips.
PDRM lost four of their last five home matches and only recorded two home wins in their last 11.
Kedah are competing in their third successive semi-final and are seeking to reach the again finals while PDRM have never played in a Cup final.
The hosts will be resilient but Kedah have enough in them to record at least another 2-1 win.