MSL Preview: Five things to look out for in Gameweek 9

With the Malaysian FA Cup done and dusted for now, it is time to shift our focus back on the Malaysian Super League…

“What’s the number for 999 again?”

The only Friday kick-off of the week will be featuring two teams struggling for form at home and away respectively: Perak and JDT. The Bos Gaurus have won only once in their last four home league matches, while the Southern Tigers have only picked up three points from three away games this season. However, more than anything, this match might be a feisty one due to the hostility between the fans of both clubs. Security is expected to be high around the stadium for this encounter. Oh, stay away from the bus area.

The Fighters to take down the Elephants?

The time has finally come for Felda United to face Pahang again, after narrowly losing 2-1 to the Elephants in the 2014 FA Cup final. The form book will say the Fighters will exact their revenge, having only lost once in the league this season and currently sitting six points ahead of their opponents of the week. Out-of-form Pahang, on the other hand, will have to put their upcoming AFC Cup match on Wednesday into consideration, as it will most likely determine their fate in that tournament.

The Red Warriors’ brand new, shiny trident

After recording a morale-boosting win over Sime Darby in the Malaysian FA Cup, Kelantan will be facing league leaders Selangor at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium. Although the visitors are on a winning streak, they will be wary of Kelantan’s new attacking trio of Erwin Carrillo, Austin Amutu and Gilmar da Silva. Their three-pronged attack was put to good effect in the FA Cup and will likely to be unleashed again by Azraai Khor Abdullah to test the Selangor defence, which is the second meanest in the league.

The Gladiators’ Achilles’ heel

Most people might immediately write off Sime Darby’s chances against ATM – who have had a new head coach in Shahrin Majid since last week – but they could be so wrong. Ever since the Giant Killers were founded in 2010, they have only lost once against the Gladiators, impressively recording six wins and two draws in nine matches. Perhaps, Sime Darby will finally get their first league win of the season this week...

Goal fest in Shah Alam?

We do not know what the final score of the match between PDRM and Terengganu will be, but we are pretty confident it will be goals galore. After all, they are the only two teams left that have yet to fire blanks in the Super League after eight gameweeks.